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Franklin Monroe’s Marcus Horner leaps into action against Tri-County North on Thursday at Pitsburg.
PITSBURG – The Franklin Monroe boys soccer team beat Tri-County North on Thursday thanks to a quick series of goals that boosted the Jets into a three-point lead.
Franklin Monroe dominated on offense throughout the night and ended the match 6-0 against the Panthers.
“Sometimes you hit a point in the season when everything goes in, and then nothing goes in. And you’ve just got to fight through it,” FM boys soccer coach Danny Diceanu said.
Although the Jets won by six, Tri-County North held them at bay for the first 22 minutes of the game.
“We’re just not getting the results that we would normally get,” Diceanu said. “When you play a team that plays defense and you’ve got 20 guys on one half of the field, it becomes a pretty crowded place. So we’ve got to figure out how to crack that because if we can’t crack something like that we’re going to struggle.”
FM’s Marcus Horner, Jesse Warner and Brian Robison put the pressure on early, but their attempts kept finding goal posts or were just outside.
But FM’s Daniel Wiseman found a loose rebound and popped off the first goal with eight minutes left in the first half.
“When you start being unsuccessful, then you start believing that you can’t succeed and it continues that window keeps getting smaller and tighter,” Diceanu said. “But once you get one, as you can see, it opens up. If you can get one you can get many.”
From there, the gates were open.
Robison scored within 45 seconds and Horner followed with another goal 30 seconds later, giving FM a three-goal lead in a two minute span.
In the second half, Robison found the net again after 10 minutes of prodding. Then Horner followed suit and dribbled in unassisted for FM’s fifth goal.
Nick Bowling wanted a piece and head-balled the Jet’s last score for a stylish finish.
Franklin Monroe took 37 shots at the goal while keeping TCN at only four attempts.
The Jets are now 10-0-1 for the year and are heading into next week with Newton Local on their minds.
The Jets are pitted to battle against Newton Local on Saturday in Pleasant Hill, where Diceanu expects a “hard fought physical battle.”