Western Hills wins JV Cup

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The Franklin County boys JV soccer team hosted the JV Cup on Saturday with teams from Western Hills, Anderson County and Owen County.

Western Hills won the championship, and the Flyers were runners-up.

In their first game, the Wolverines won 3-0 against the Anderson County Bearcats. After a scoreless first half in rain-soaked field conditions, WHHS’ Keenan Jones, Nick Wooldridge and Isaac Studler each scored in the second half.

The Flyers faced the Owen County Rebels in their first game. Early in the first half, freshman defender Logan Harp scored the Flyers’ first goal after a corner kick by sophomore Patrick Melton. FCHS held a 1-0 lead at the half.

The Flyers finished the game on another goal by Harp after a free kick by sophomore Matt Johnson. They shut out the Rebels 2-0.

“The boys played really hard in the Owen County game,” said Franklin County JV coach Eric Ashcraft. “They possessed well and played well as a team. They had plenty of chances on goal, but only finished two. Owen played good defense and kept us away from the goal.”

In the championship game, the Flyers faced the Western Hills Wolverines. Sophomore Grayson Arnold scored the lone goal of the first half for the Wolverines. Both teams remained scoreless in the second half, giving the Wolverines the victory and the championship with a final score of 1-0.

WHHS coach Michael Goss was proud of the way his team played and glad they were able to pull out the victory. In goal for Western Hills was Andrew Bates.

The Wolverines wore teal armbands to promote Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

The JV Wolverines take the field next on Sept. 18 at home against Anderson County.

The Franklin County boys JV (6-2-1) plays Anderson County tonight at Sower.

“The team showed great heart and desire to win,” Ashcraft said. “Our goalkeeper, Adam Gehlhausen, had been playing well early in the game. Western Hills took a shot from 25 yards out and unfortunately the ball took a bad bounce and ended up in the back of the net.

“The rest of the game Adam ended up with 12 saves. We had chances in the second half including a shot from Matt Johnson that hit off the post.

“It’s unfortunate that the playing conditions really were the deciding factors in the game. Now we will regroup and start the following week off on the right foot.”

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