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Franklin Academy rights the ship against Falls Lake

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WAKE FOREST — After coming off their first loss of the season to Rabun Gap-Nacoochee out of Georgia, Franklin Academy’s boys soccer team shutout Falls Lake Academy 6-0 to open up conference play Aug. 30.

Franklin Academy didn’t score their first goal of the match until Luis Peters kicked the ball in with 35 seconds left in the first half. Then the floodgates opened in the second half, when the Patriots scored five more goals to close out the match.

Both Peters and Mateo Espinoza ended the night with three goals each to complete two separate hat tricks. Franklin Academy head coach Justin Bailey praised his offense for being patient against a decent Falls Lake Academy squad who plays tight on defense.

“Falls Lake is a good compact team on defense,” Bailey said. “You have to work really hard to get the first goal against a team like them. Things opened up for us in the second half. When Falls Lake pushed forward, we got wide and that gave us some easier chances later in the match.”

As for the defense, Franklin Academy posted their second shutout of the season. Bailey said the key to great defense was the players going after the ball when it slipped through the midfield.

“Our defense did a good job recovering the ball,” Bailey said. “They stayed back to win the ball. They did a great job passing the ball to our midfielders to keep our offense flowing.”

With the win, Franklin Academy improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in 1A North Central conference play. The Patriots will play East Wake Academy at home tonight at 5 p.m.

“We have to come out with all cylinders firing right off the start,” Bailey said. “It’s still early in the season, but no game is a given game. It took 40 minutes to get ready to go, so we have to start out fresh. No game is an easy game.”

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