SHELBYVILLE – Franklin County head coach, Zac Donnelly, needed one more win to top the wins list for soccer coaches at FCHS, and he got it Tuesday night. The Flyers traveled to Shelby County and won the match, 2-0.
Due to injuries, the starting lineup for the Flyers looked different than in recent games, starting two freshmen, Angel Rodriguez and Jonathan Medina.
Both teams got off to a slow offensive start, but the Flyers scored the first goal of the game with 4:14 remaining in the first half. Rolman Delgado found the back of the net on an assist from Logan Doris.
The score remained 1-0 until the 24:18 mark of the second half when Logan Goodwin chipped the ball into the net after a shot by Nick Cumpston was deflected by the Rockets’ goalkeeper.
The Flyers’ defense was outstanding in the shutout behind the numerous saves from their goalkeeper, Nathan Kring.
“I felt that we played a strong game considering we had a few starters out,” Donnelly said. “The coaching staff was extremely pleased with the way the younger players contributed to the game.”
The FCHS Flyers (3-1-1) play Woodford County on Thursday night at the Sower Soccer Complex.
JV: FCHS 5, SHELBY CO. 3
The Franklin County boys JV soccer team made an impressive comeback in its game on Tuesday evening at Shelby County.
The Flyers came from two goals down to win the game, 5-3.
The Rockets scored early on a goal by Cole Meredith. Two minutes later, Meredith scored again, giving the Rockets a 2-0 lead.
With 8:28 remaining in the first half, Matt Johnson scored the Flyers first goal of the game.
“The boys came off the bus not ready to play,” Franklin County JV coach Eric Ashcraft said. “They were flat and not mentally prepared to play soccer. After going down two goals early in the first half, we were finally able to find the back of the net.”
The Rockets struck first again in the second half on Meredith’s third goal of the game.
Then the Flyer offense started executing, and at the 23 minute mark, Tyrone Hayden scored on an assist by Patrick Melton.
FCHS’ Joe Meyer found the back of the net a minute later to tie the game.
The Flyer offensive attack continued with another goal by Hayden, assisted by Meyer.
The final goal of the game was scored by Irving Reyes-Perez with less than a minute remaining in the game.
“The second half was a completely different team,” Ashcraft said. “We allowed an early goal, but then that’s when we made our move scoring two goals within a minute of each other. Once we tied the game, we had them on the ropes and scored two more goals.
“I’m very happy with the heart the boys played with to come back and get this win.”
The Franklin County Boys JV (3-1-0) host Woodford County on Thursday night.