The Franklin Central boys Varsity soccer team was in action at home on Tuesday against a very talented HCC foe Brownsburg. The Flashes were hopeful to pickup right where they ended on Saturday after a dominant 2nd half effort against Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) fell short. On Tuesday night, the Flashes brought the intensity early as FC opened up playing great on both ends of the pitch, offensively and defensively. Early in the first half, midfielder Josh Antcliff (Sr.) drove a 35-yard free kick off the post and then off Brownsburg’s Goalkeeper and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Numerous Flashes crashed the goal area on the play that helped crank the pressure on the keeper. A little over midway through the first half, Brownsburg’s dynamic forward and mid combo worked the ball around the FC defense and then past the Flashes’ Keeper to bring the match 1-1. Brownsburg finished the half pressing Franklin Central trying desperately to find another hole, but FC’s defense was able to hold off the Bulldogs until halftime. In the 2nd half, the Flashes came out flying and communicating everywhere. Early in the second, midfielder Lolo Paw (So.) found forward Keegan West (So.) up top who crossed the ball to Usman Kamara (Jr.), and Usman fired the ball past the Bulldog’s Keeper for a 2-1 lead. Franklin Central kept their foot on the accelerator and refused to let up. FC had a handful of opportunities that barely missed the back of the net, however, Josh Antcliff hammered home a second free kick in the second half to put the Flashes up 3-1. A little bit later, Forward Tristan Taylor (Sr.) was applying high pressure on a Bulldog defender when Taylor was able to tackle the ball away and find fellow Forward Usman Kamara. Usman was able to turn and beat the GK from 25-yards out for a 4-1 lead. The Flashes received amazing effort and play from their midfielders tonight including Lolo Paw (So.), Greg Dawes (Sr.), Josh Antcliff, Ricardo Aguayo (Jr.), Ahmed Kamara (Sr.), and Corgan Slaymon (Sr.). The Flashes continued their solid effort and play the rest of the match, and they did not let up until the final whistle sounded. For most of the game, but especially during the second half, the FC defense did an outstanding job limiting the play of Brownsburg’s offense. They were lead tonight by defenders Bamlak Reidenbach (Sr.), Ethan Palmer (Jr.), Kyle Romero (Sr.), Liam Faulds (Sr.), Gabe Foulk (Sr.), and Noah Vachon (So.), and goalkeeper Isaiah Perry (So.).
The Flashes (3-3, 1-2) are in action on Thursday night (9/5) in the FC Stadium as they host Columbus North at 7:00 PM.