PITSBURG – Franklin Monroe honored three seniors on senior night in boys soccer action on Saturday; they were Britt Bowlin, Colby Chrisman and Cody Coppess.
Much like the Lady Jets’ game, it would be a defensive battle between Miami Valley and Franklin Monroe as both teams played a scoreless first half.
The second half turned out to be the same and it looked like this game was going to end up in a 0-0 tie.
But with about three minutes to play FM got one more opportunity as Colby Chrisman got inside the box on the right side and drew the keeper over and along with two defenders. He then split two defenders with a pass to the left, setting up fellow senior Britt Bowlin. Bowlin nailed it right into the center to give the home team a huge goal.
But the game wasn’t complete and with time winding down … it was almost eerily similar to the girls’ game when the Jets missed a goal kick and Miami Valley got down the field and took a shot on goal … mind you with 12 seconds to go … but the goal hit off the right post, and the Jets held on for the 1-0 win.
“Our seniors have been here long enough to know how to step up when the game is on the line,” FM boys soccer coach Danny Diceanu said.
“It was nice we didn’t panic. We took the ball in the box and were very direct with a nice layoff from Chrisman to Bowlin. Britt was calm and cool, and he crushed it hitting the back of the net; that was real nice to see,” Diceanu said.
“I just wished we could have put in some of those earlier chances we had in the game. That has been our Achilles’ heel all year, and one day someone might catch us because of that,” Diceanu added.
“This was a good win today. They (Miami Valley) are a pretty good team, and their record of 5-8-2 is deceptive. They play a very difficult schedule and slightly more difficult than ours. They played Alter, Fairmont, Seven Hills, CHCA, Yellow Springs, Dayton Christian and us … so they were seasoned, and they weren’t just going to hand it to us today,” Diceanu said.
“We had a good schedule as well, and when you have to work hard, fight and find ways to win that makes you a better team, and it should help us going into the postseason,” Diceanu concluded.
The Jets earned the No. 3 seed and the honor of hosting the first two tournament games should they get by No. 27 seed Southeastern at 7 p.m. Wednesday. They then would play Saturday at 7 p.m. verses the No. 25 seed and fellow Cross County Conference team Tri-County North, who took the bye.