Windsor tops Franklin in soccer

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 3, 2008

FRANKLIN-After a heavy rain shower at the Armory Athletic Complex on Tuesday, a rainbow broke out behind the Windsor High School goal, fittingly symbolizing the Dukes’ 4-1 soccer victory over Franklin High School in a Tri-Rivers District match.

In a physical game played in the rain for much of the first half, the Dukes upped their record to 2-1 on the season.

Windsor jumped out to a 3-0 first half lead, but it could have been more. Within the first minute of the game, Windsor’s Jacob Mosley had a breakaway after a Franklin defender whiffed. But Franklin goalie Bradley Strozier put the breaks on the shot.

The Dukes finally broke through with 15:34 gone in the first half when Joe Owens scored unassisted from the right side.

A little more than two minutes later, Josh Daniels crossed a ball to Owens, who placed a shot to the right of Strozier for a 2-0 lead.

The Dukes scored again on a similar play, this time from Timmy Songer to Christian Daniels, who made it 3-0 at the 2:40 mark.

Franklin (1-1) scored its lone goal during stoppage time in the first half. Windsor goalie Jacob Tynes misplayed a ball and Franklin’s Hannah Childress took advantage with a goal to cut the Windsor lead to 3-1.

The second half saw some rough play and four yellow cards handed out within a five-minute period. Franklin had three of the cards on plays which the Broncos went hard after the ball.

&uot;(Aggressiveness) is why they are calling us out so much,&uot; said Frank Padilla, Franklin head coach. &uot;I think we get singled out because we are an aggressive team.&uot;

Windsor padded its lead with 30 minutes gone in the half when Songer booted a laser, which struck the right post and ricocheted past Strozier.

Windsor’s Tynes stopped 11 of Franklin’s 12 shots. Strozier recorded 13 saves.

Windsor coach Matt Burgess was happy with the win but said his team has more to work on.

&uot;We’ve still got to work on passing and communication, but we are playing real strong,&uot; he said. &uot;I think we will do well against teams we had problems with in the past.&uot;

Padilla said Windsor had the advantage because they work better as a team.

&uot;They have been together longer than we have. This is our second year playing together, and we’re still getting at it. We are doing fine so far,&uot; Padilla said.