The Wildcats' soccer team closed out the regular season with two tough 13th District matches against the Logan County Cougars and the Todd County Central Rebels. Franklin-Simpson will now prepare in trying to won their second straight 13th District Boys' Soccer Tournament.
Logan County 2Franklin-Simpson 0
Freshman Connor Vincent had 24 saves, but an early goal in the 1st half by freshman Andrew Katz along with a 2nd half goal by Katz assisted by senior Dalton Taylor was all the scoring that Logan County needed in their 2-0 victory over Franklin-Simpson last Tuesday at the F-S Soccer and Softball Complex.
"The game was very even between the two teams," Wildcats head coach Justin Dyer said. "Both teams had several opportunities in front of goal, Logan County was just able to capitalize on their chances better than we were. Very pleased with the effort and the work from our players. We have some things to work on between now and the district tournament, but I like the teams attitude and mindset as we move forward."
Franklin-Simpson 2Todd County Central 1
Rebels' sophomore Luis Herrera scored early in the match on a penalty kick, but in the second half, junior Alan Olivo scored on a corner kick with an assist from senior Johnny Martin that tied the match at 1-1. Then sophomore Ben Banton scored a screamer from about 10 yards outside the penalty area with a second assist from Martin for the 2-1 victory.
"Todd County scored a penalty kick inside the first three minutes, but we controlled the first half after that," Dyer said. "At halftime we made a couple of adjustments to try and free up our attackers to get a few better looks because Todd County started playing more defensive after they scored. Our passing and movement kept improving throughout the night and we were finally able to grab a couple of goals."
The Wildcats are now preparing for next week's 13th District Boys' Soccer Tournament at Logan County High School. They will play the Russellville Panthers at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The winner of that match will play the winner of Monday night's match of Logan County and Todd County Central. The two winners will meet in the championship match on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The two teams in the district championship match will advance to the 4th Region Boys' Soccer Tournament.
"We played Russellville twice, splitting both games, so we know it will be a very tough match up," Dyer said. "We are going to work on some things to get ready for the first round. Excited to get into the district tournament and try to make something happen."