DARKE COUNTY – Some of the Miami Valley’s top scorers during the 2012 soccer season came from Darke County.
Those great offensive weapons were key to Franklin Monroe’s success in both boys and girls soccer and has resulted in two of the Jets’ players earning this year’s Daily Advocate soccer MVP honors.
The Daily Advocate’s 2012 girls soccer MVP is Franklin Monroe’s Allyson Manning, and The Daily Advocate’s 2012 boys soccer MVP is Franklin Monroe’s Brian Robison.
Manning had a record-breaking season for the Lady Jets, setting many of the program’s single game, season and career records.
“She crushed almost all the girls soccer records this year,” Franklin Monroe girls soccer coach Scott Howell said.
Manning set Franklin Monroe’s single game records with most goals in a game with five and most assists in a game with five.
The Franklin Monroe junior set the school’s single season assist record at 11 and also tied the team’s single season goals record with 27.
Even though she still has her senior season to go, Manning already has set the school record with 59 career goals and the career record with 19 assists.
While she rewrote the school’s record book, Howell said, she was unaware of her record-setting accomplishments the entire season.
“She had no idea throughout the year,” he said. “That’s pretty impressive numbers for anybody.”
Manning’s 27 goals this season were second best among Miami Valley girls soccer players, regardless of division. Among Division III players, she tied for eighth statewide in goals.
And the first team all-Cross County Conference player was able to accomplish all of that while drawing the opposition’s attention every game.
“She always drug in the best defender,” Howell said. “Each team that we played had their best player on her all the time. Some teams even put their two best defenders on her.”
Howell credited Manning’s work ethic and attitude with her success, also saying she is extremely involved in charity and a great student.
“Manning is just a fantastic athlete with a great work ethic and great attitude,” he said. “She just works extremely hard at everything she does, and that’s why she stands out.”
Howell said Manning and all her teammates deserve a lot of credit for leading the Lady Jets to a pair of wins in the Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament, which had never been done before in Lady Jets history.
“She just gives, gives, gives for her team and her school,” Howell said. “That’s just who she is.”
Robison also had a huge year offensively and is on pace to break Franklin Monroe’s career scoring record through his sophomore season.
His 26 goals were fourth best among Miami Valley boys soccer players this season regardless of division and second best among Division III players in the region.
“Brian had a fantastic season,” Franklin Monroe boys soccer coach Danny Diceanu said. “He’s had two great seasons back-to-back.”
The CCC boys soccer player of the year also was eighth in the Miami Valley, regardless of division, with 16 assists.
Whether it was scoring goals, getting an assist or creating openings for others by taking on defensive pressure, Robison had a hand in the majority of the Jets’ scoring plays, Diceanu said.
“The guys always looks to him to finish because of his capabilities,” Diceanu said. “He had his hands in a majority of the scoring opportunities that we had.”
Robison’s scoring was especially important this year as Franklin Monroe lost two of its top scorers from 2011 – Jaden Horner and Zach Diceanu – to graduation.
“It was crucial,” coach Diceanu said. “And he filled in the roles real nice. He didn’t have any hiccups.”
Robison has a great attitude and work ethic that helps make him one of the best players in the area, Diceanu said, and he’s constantly improving his game and adding more dimensions.
“I’m expecting big things out of him the next two years,” the coach said. “He’s only going to get better.”