The Franklin County varsity boys soccer team opened
their 2021-22 season with an 8-4 victory on the road last week over Jefferson
County on Nov. 9.
Coach Bill McCulloughs squad was hoping to
make it a second straight win, as they hosted the Tigers Tuesday, Nov. 16.
It was a great match to start our season,
said McCullough. Jefferson County has a very talented roster and a strong
coach. They will be a challenging opponent from start to finish this season for
We took our lumps early in this match, said
the coach. Our lack of practice time this winter really showed in the early
minutes. We gave up our first goal on a quick free kick by Jefferson County.
They noticed that we werent ready and took advantage. We traded goals for most
of the first half and went to the break down 3-2.
I knew we would have some issues on set
pieces and situational awareness moments, simply because we havent had the
practice time that most programs have had, McCullough said. During the half,
we made some adjustments and moved two or three guys around to really fit our
The coach said junior Reece Juno and eighth-grader
Enrique Dominguez showed that they will be strong anchors for the Seahawk
defense this season.
Junior Esteban Bernabe, junior Luis Ramirez
and junior Gideon Dively worked well together to push our offense upfield all
night, McCullough said.
Dively ended the night by scoring six goals. Gideon
is a special breed of player, and he will be a tough matchup for any team we
come across, said the coach.
McCullough said juniors Brayden McCall and
Will Luberto, both newcomers, showed incredible poise and willingness to work
hard all night. Freshman goal Keeper Garyson Millender had some strong moments
and we look forward to him leading from the net.
Millender had six saves minding the new, while
Ramirez, as well as junior Eugenio Sebastian each scored one goal.