FCHS soccer starts season with jamboree

Published 12:01 am Sunday, November 3, 2013

MEADVILLE — Franklin County’s varsity soccer teams got ready for the upcoming regular season by hosting a jamboree Saturday at the Franklin County Soccer Complex.

Hattiesburg’s varsity boys’ team as well as the varsity boys’ and girls’ teams from Brookhaven High School and Crystal Springs participated in the jamboree. However, Adams County Christian School decided not to send a team to the jamboree and the void was filled by Crystal Springs.

The Lady Dawgs were impressive in their first contest as they defeated the Crystal Springs Lady Tigers 9-0 and then edged past the Brookhaven Lady Panthers 2-0.

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The Bulldogs did quite well themselves with a 7-0 win over the Hattiesburg Tigers and a pair 8-0 wins over the Crystal Springs Tigers and the Brookhaven Panthers.

Even though these games do not count as official games because it is a jamboree, head coach Jeff Long had to be very pleased with what he saw from both teams.

“I was pleased with the way both teams played defensively. We just stressed good, solid, smart defense and limit our mistakes,” Long said. “We were very solid all day long. If we shut teams out, we’re not going to lose any games. We didn’t give up anything. We had a lot of chances. We know it is a long way, but it’s a good start.”

Long also noted that both the boys’ and girls’ teams did a real good job of possessing the ball and passing the ball, which led to a lot of scoring opportunities.

“Both teams knocked the ball around real well,” Long said. “The boys had about 90 percent possession of the ball all day long. We controlled the pace of the game in all three games. The girls probably possessed it 70 percent of the game in their (two) games. I was proud to see them pass the ball around and create a bunch of chances.”

Franklin County’s season begins Saturday when it welcomes Cathedral and McComb for the Franklin County Classic. Play gets under way at 9 a.m. when the Lady Dawgs take on the Lady Green Wave, followed by the Bulldogs against the Green Wave at 10:30 a.m. Then at 3 p.m., the Lady Dawgs face the Lady Tigers and action wraps up at 4:30 p.m. with the Bulldogs going up against the Tigers.

The middle two games of the FC Classic will be the Lady Green Wave facing off with the Lady Tigers at noon and the Green Wave versus the Tigers at 1:30 p.m.