Broncos cage Cougars in regional tourney

Published 5:23 pm Tuesday, May 30, 2023

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Franklin High School’s varsity soccer team earned its place in the Region 1B Tournament semifinals with its exciting 4-0 quarterfinal win against visiting Surry County High School on Thursday, May 25, at Armory Field. 

The No. 4-seeded FHS Broncos spent much of the first half fending off the No. 5 Cougars, who often got close to the net. Broncos junior goalkeeper Chaevon Torrance wasn’t having any of it. He prevented the visitors from scoring then and throughout the rest of the game. 

With fewer than four minutes left before halftime, senior Derrick Perry successfully kicked in a goal past the Cougars’ own goalkeeper, with junior Greyson Councill providing the assist. 

The second half was particularly thrilling for the Broncos and fans alike. Junior Cameron Moody scored with 13:39 left, and the excitement level climbed further when Perry recorded another goal with 11 minutes remaining. Both goals were assisted by freshman Benjamin Harrison. Then, Moody scored his team’s fourth goal with two minutes or less left in the game, with the assist coming from senior William Councill II.

There was, as anyone would expect, much rejoicing by the Bronco team. 

On Friday morning, May 26, Franklin Head Coach Juan Quiroz said, “Last night was a great game. We are so proud of the entire team. The first half was a battle. About eight minutes into the first half, we made a strategy change that turned the tide and energy of the whole team. We went into halftime up 1-0. With a renewed focus and the new strategy explained to the entire team, the Broncos put three more goals in the back of the net.

“The scoring efforts were led by Derrick Perry with two goals and Cameron Moody with two goals,” he continued. “The midfielders ran the entire game and put pressure on the ball as soon as it crossed the midfield line. The defense only allowed a handful of shots the entire game. Chaevon Torrance booked another shutout.

“This was an entire team effort, and as a coaching staff, we are very pleased with everyone’s efforts and support.” 

The Broncos (9-10) were set to face No. 1 Central Lunenburg High School in Victoria on Tuesday, May 30, at 6 p.m. in the Region 1B Tournament semifinals.