Sluggish Flyers fall to Mercer Co.

By John Minor Published:

Coming off of two games in the Rotary Capital City Classic that were decided in a penalty kick shootout, Franklin County’s boys soccer team got off to a slow start Tuesday.

“We just had two back-to-back brutal emotionally draining games and came out sluggish,” FCHS head coach Louis Tandy said. “And they came out and executed their game plan.”

Mercer County defeated FCHS 2-1 at Sower Soccer Complex, scoring a goal in the first five minutes. Brandon Ballard netted the goal for the Titans, which was the only score of the first half.

The Flyers came out in the second half and knotted the score in the first three minutes. Seiver Tandy played the ball up and assisted Logan Harp to tie the score.

Titan Clay Morris scored the last goal of the game with around 25 minutes left, to give Mercer County the victory.
“They scored on two set plays,” Tandy said. “We got to follow our mark. But overall, we got good play out of our defense.” 

The Flyers had opportunities in the closing minutes of the game to draw even with the Titans, but were unable to put the ball in the net.

“We went from three defensive backs to three strikers up top,” Tandy said. “I push Matt Johnson up top because we needed something to happen and he almost got one.”

FCHS (3-3) play at Harrison County Thursday.

To see more photos from this match, click here.



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