Franklin Monroe girls soccer team ties Miami Valley in regular season finale


By Dale Barger - For The Daily Advocate



Franklin Monroe’s Hannah Staton kicks the ball during a girls soccer game against Miami Valley on Saturday in Pitsburg.


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PITSBURG – Three Lady Jets were honored on Saturday for senior night. Those seniors were Cassie Shellabarger, Rebecca Shellabarger and Hannah Staton.

Franklin Monroe coming into the game had a record of 6-7-1 and was looking to try and get to .500 on the year.

The Jets got on the scoreboard early on a goal by Bryanna Diceanu, but the game would turn into a defensive stalwart.

Franklin Monroe held strong and controlled the game but didn’t take advantage of additional opportunities.

“The wind was rough and the field ugly … but it’s where we play, and we know what we need to do and that is keep the ball on the ground and play possession soccer … but at time we played a lot of kick ball instead of team soccer today,” FM girls soccer coach Scott Howell said.

With time winding down the Jets had a couple kicks on goal including one with about 25 seconds to go, but a great save by the goal keeper from Miami Valley and a quick out of the ball got the Rams moving down field.

They pressed up field and with 12 seconds got a kick that found the back of the net and the Jets would have to settle for a disappointing tie with Miami Valley.

“It was disappointing to finish this game with a tie, especially for our seniors who were playing in their last game on this field,” Howell said.

“Give credit to Miami Valley, they were bigger and more physical then and maybe they wore us down,” Howell added.

“This game was a lot like our season this year,” Howell continued. “We play well at times but not with consistency for the entire game.”

Franklin Monroe will have no time to rest and will start its second season as the Lady Jets host the first round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association girls soccer tournament today.

“We got a good draw as the No. 9 seed in a super district of 17 teams,” Howell said. “We were hot at time of the draw beating Dayton Christian and had a strong game with Greenview. Our game on Monday is against Yellow Springs, who is the No. 17 seed.”

“Yellow Springs seeded us No. 14 the lowest seed of all the teams, so that should provide a little extra motivation for this game,” Howell concluded.

The game will be a 7 p.m. start time.

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Franklin Monroe’s Hannah Staton kicks the ball during a girls soccer game against Miami Valley on Saturday in Pitsburg.
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By Dale Barger

For The Daily Advocate