PITSBURG – In a matchup of two of the Miami Valley’s top teams, Franklin Monroe scored two second half goals to defeat Yellow Springs 2-1 on Saturday.
Franklin Monroe boys soccer coach Danny Diceanu said his team, which is ranked third in the Miami Valley Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division III poll, outplayed the No. 4 Yellow Springs Bulldogs for most of Saturday’s contest.
“Today was the best we played all year,” Diceanu said.
Yellow Springs struck first with a goal with 21:15 remaining in the first half. Despite trailing 1-0 at halftime, Diceanu said his team still was outplaying Yellow Springs in the opening period even though it hadn’t finished yet.
“I thought we outplayed them the first half,” he said. “We were down a goal, but I still thought we had the better play.”
With about 18 minutes left in the second half Franklin Monroe finally got on the scoreboard as Cade McGlinch scored the equalizer. A few minutes later Colby Chrisman scored what would be the game winner for the Jets.
Diceanu said his message to the Jets at halftime was to be more direct, which worked out well.
“It really paid off for us,” he said.
Franklin Monroe controlling the ball also kept Yellow Springs from getting many opportunities to attack Matthew Poe and the rest of the Jet defense.
“We were all over them,” Diceanu said. “The possession was like 80-20.”
Getting a win against a quality opponent such as Yellow Springs is a big confidence booster, Diceanu said, but even more important is how the Jets won the game.
“It wasn’t just because we won but the way we won, outplaying them most of the game,” Diceanu said.
The game against Yellow Springs was just the start of a brutal stretch in Franklin Monroe’s schedule. On Monday FM plays Dayton Christian and on Tuesday FM plays Greeneview – both of whom are state ranked. Then on Oct. 10 FM plays another tough opponent in Cincinnati Country Day.
Playing so many tough teams is really going to help the Jets as they get ready for the upcoming Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament, Diceanu said.
“I think we’ll go into tournament tested,” he said.