Botkins shuts out the Franklin Monroe girls soccer team


PITSBURG – The Franklin Monroe Lady Jets fell 7-0 to Botkins in girls soccer action on Tuesday.

It was competitive contest for most of the first half, but Botkins squeezed in a goal at the end of the half to go up 2-0 at the break. The Trojans broke it open in the second half with five more goals on their way to a 7-0 win.

“It was a matter of us just wearing down in the second half,” said Franklin Monroe coach Danny Diceanu, who is serving double duty this year as the coach of both the boys and girls soccer teams.

“The last few years Scott Howell had the girls teams he’s been able to sub three or four girls at a time every seven-10 minutes. We don’t have that luxury this year, and the girls who are used to getting a break aren’t getting them … so we really have to improve our cardio and game conditioning to compete, and it showed in the second half,” Diceanu added.

“We are also down a player with Chloe Brumbaugh out, but she should be back shortly, and once she’s back just having her on the field will make us a better team just with her presence.”

“We have a German exchange student who is getting used to the game, her teammates and working into shape. She hustles, is strong and has good speed, and that will help.”

“We have a couple kids who haven’t played filling in spots, and with such small numbers they are having to learn on the fly … we are young and inexperienced, and it shows right now.”

“I thought we defended well tonight. Maybe the score didn’t show it, but I saw improvement,” Diceanu concluded.

The Lady Jets are back in action on Thursday when they travel to National Trail.

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Franklin Monroe’s Regan Williams heads the ball during a girls soccer game against Botkins on Tuesday in Pitsburg.
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