Jets showing strong chemistry


Franklin Monroe’s Nychelle Cool celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal for the Franklin Monroe girls soccer team in a scrimmage against Lehman Catholic on Saturday in Sidney.

SIDNEY – The Franklin Monroe girls soccer team is showing strong chemistry that has coach Scott Howell feeling confident about the upcoming season.

The Lady Jets spent the weekend playing scrimmages against Lehman Catholic, Sidney and Troy at Sidney High School. FM has 14 high school players for the upcoming season and brought up a few eighth graders for the scrimmages to fill in for some missing high school athletes.

The team didn’t have much practice time prior to the scrimmages but overall did well in the games.

“We’re extremely young, but we’ve got great leadership and our heart is already there, which tells me that they’re doing pretty well,” Howell said. “Our chemistry is strong.”

At this point the teams’ chemistry seems stronger than in past years, Howell said, which is a good sign. The Jets are working well together and playing well.

“They’re responding well,” Howell said. “It’s early, but we’re excited to get started.”

Being early in the process, the results of the weekend’s scrimmages didn’t matter to Franklin Monroe. Rather, the Jets were simply looking for continuous improvement.

“Each half we’re just looking to improve,” Howell said. “The score doesn’t really matter to anybody here. It’s just improving on every play. And that’s kind of what we’re trying to do. We’re just teaching basic fundamentals early.”

While the start of the season is still a couple months away, things have been going well for the Jets.

“We’re out here having fun, and we’re learning,” Howell said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

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