Franklin County’s boys soccer team had the lead at halftime, but coach Zac Donnelly wasn’t happy.
He was much happier after the match ended with the Flyers taking a 1-0 victory over Anderson County at the Sower Soccer Complex.
“It was effort,” Donnelly said about what displeased him in the first half. “We weren’t winning 50-50 balls, we weren’t marking up, we weren’t stepping to the ball, we weren’t applying pressure.
“As a group, with 15 seniors on the team, sometimes I think they just expect to be good, expect to win without working hard. At halftime we reiterated the fact that nothing is given to you. You have to earn it.”
The Flyers (6-4-1) scored 11 minutes into the match on a shot by Logan Doris off an assist from Austin Sutcliffe.
That proved to be the only goal of the match although both teams had chances to score in the second half.
“I thought we’d gotten a little complacent the last couple of games,” Donnelly said, “but we definitely improved the effort in the second half.
“The scoreboard might not have indicated it, but we told them if they continue to play with that intensity the goals and possessions will come along with it.”
Nathan Kring recorded the shutout in goal for the Flyers, and Jordan Thompson was Anderson’s goalkeeper. The Bearcats are now 6-4.
“Our defense played well,” Donnelly said. “We have a freshman back there, Austin Sutcliffe. He really steps up and tries to rally the team. He’s working hard all the time, and the guys feed off of that.
“With 10 seconds left in the game he’s busting it to stop the other team from scoring.
“Nathan Kring played a good game,” Donnelly said. “He had some nice saves, and that was a good shutout.”
The Flyers continue play in the Berea Cup this week. They definitely play in the tournament Saturday, and they might play Thursday depending on the outcome of a tournament game played Tuesday.