PITSBURG – The Franklin Monroe Jets boys soccer team defeated the National Trail Blazers 14-0 in FM’s home season opener on Thursday.
“We did what we had to do,” FM head coach Danny Diceanu said. “A lot of boys ended up scoring so it wasn’t lopsided. I was pleased with our ball movement and our patience.”
The Jets jumped out to a 1-0 lead with just 16 seconds off the game clock with a Brian Robison goal and used a Kyle Ressler goal just 1:11 into the contest to go up 2-0, leaving no doubt the final outcome of the game.
Brian Robison found the net 8:16 into the contest, his second goal of the night, followed with a Bryce Robison goal 10:57 into the game to give the Jets a 4-0 advantage.
Franklin Monroe took a 5-0 lead at the break with Colby Chrisman coming off the bench to pick up a goal.
The Jets used just 6:05 at the start of the second half to move their lead to 9-0 with Bryce Robison picking up his second goal of the game, a Marcus Horner goal and Brian Robison knocking in his third and fourth goals with 33:55 remaining in the contest.
“They (National Trail) are a young team, and they try to hustle as much as they can and gave us a nice little effort,” Diceanu said.
With 27:41 showing on the clock, Gustavo Ferreira found the net to give the Jets a double-digit lead that would extend to a 14-0 final score.
A game that was decided in the opening minutes still had Diceanu finding many positives for his team.
“It gives you touches, it prepares you for keeping possession, knocking the ball around and working on our movement,” Diceanu said. “(It) doesn’t give you much on speed of play because it’s not as fast a game as some of the other teams like Cincinnati teams will give us, but it’s a game. It’s a game that will give us a little bit of confidence.
“It’s our first home game,” Diceanu said. “The field is bumpy; it’s rough. We are in the process of trying to get some funds so we can get it redone so it plays nice.”