Franklin player breaks hip in loss

Published 8:06 am Friday, April 27, 2012

WINDSOR—Franklin junior Xavier Freeman is out for the season after breaking his hip during Tuesday’s soccer game against Windsor.

Franklin goalie Nathan Jones also suffered a concussion during the 3-0 Tri-Rivers District loss to the Dukes.

Franklin Coach Brandon Ivey said Freeman and a Windsor player collided during the match.

“We just thought it was a deep bruise, but we found out today after X-rays, it is a fractured hip,” Ivey said Wednesday.

Jones, a junior, suffered his injury in the first half. Sophomore Angel Padilla went in as goalie for about 20 minutes before Jones returned to the game. Jones and Freeman went to Southampton Memorial Hospital after the game for treatment.

“It was a very, very, very physical game,” Ivey said. “It was actually the most physical game we’ve played this year.”

Windsor Coach Matt Burgess agreed.

“The injuries came from player encounters with the keepers,” Burgess said. “Their keeper was injured after a player collision, and another Franklin player was injured colliding with our keeper. They’re a tough team, though; they have some of the fastest players we’ve seen this season.”

Ivey believes the officials should’ve been more aware of player safety and called fouls.

“This isn’t the first time someone has gotten hurt,” he said.

For Windsor, Ryan Brant scored two goals and Evan Binkley got one.

“We missed several opportunities to score more because of their strong defense,” Burgess said. “Our defensive line had a good night as well, though, helping to give our keeper Blake Allen his fifth shutout game.”

Ivey believes both teams had the same skill level.

“Both teams played a very physical game offensively,” he said. “They produced more (goals) than we did. They had a very strong defense, which made it hard for us to get around them.”