On Tuesday night, September 10 at Zionsville, the Franklin Central Flashes’ Boys Varsity Soccer team went toe-to-toe, and wire-to-wire against the top-ranked Eagles. The Flashes played beautiful, high-energy soccer for 80 minutes and gave Zionsville all they could handle at times. After the first 40 minutes were played the score was 0-0 at halftime, and for 77 minutes the Flashes Shutout #1 Zionsville. It was not until there was only 3 minutes remaining, that Zionsville was able to convert a corner kick past FC’s defense and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Even after Zionsville took the lead, the Flashes Boys Soccer team refused to quit, and would not concede the victory quietly. With only 90 seconds remaining, the Flashes worked the ball through the middle of the field and and down into the left side of Zionsville’s goalie box. Senior Liam Faulds passed a ball through the Eagles defense to fellow Senior Bamlak Reidenbach, who had gotten open at the top of the 18, and who just missed knotting the match 1-1. Even before Zionsville took the lead 1-0, the Flashes had had numerous opportunities to score first. Zionsville’s goalkeeper had some absolute, stellar saves against 3 of FC’s amazing shots that on most nights would have found the back of the net for goals. The Flashes ultimately fell 1-0 to the Eagles, but their heart, effort, and inspired play definitely earned the respect of the Zionsville players, coaches, and fans.
The Flashes (3-6) will be at Perry Meridian on Saturday, September 14.