By John Estridge, Sports Editor

It seems incongruous to say an 8-0 defeat in girls soccer is a cause to have optimism, but that is the case with the Franklin County girls soccer program.

Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Batesville came to the Franklin County pitch Saturday morning and bested the Lady Wildcats 8-0, but the Wildcats knew what they were doing and where they were supposed to be on the pitch.

The program is getting very close to being competitive with the cream of the EIAC competition, and EIAC soccer is very good.

“They were in fact much more organized and defended well,” FC girls soccer coach Cindy Adams said. “We didn't make any adjustments such as flooding the defensive line to choke out any attack. We forced all goals to come from the outside, and they were earned. The final was 8-0; however, we played them with our typical format. We had a penalty in the box. Jordan Nichols had a well struck shot, but the Batesville keeper made an excellent save. This would have been our first score against Batesville since I took over the program. We were knocking on their door, so it was great to see us play them straight up on both ends of the pitch.”

In very hot and humid weather, FC defeated visiting Milan Wednesday, Sept. 11, 3-2.

Sophomore Kylee Gibson is coming off a serious injury that occurred over the summer, but she scored a goal and had two assists.

Senior Brylee Pace and sophomore Jordan Nichols each scored goals for the Wildcats. Senior Grace Noble had seven shots on goal.

Sophomore Claudia Mantel, junior Laura Edwards, senior Adrienne Bundy and freshman Taylee Conrad did well on the defensive line. The Lady Indians got only six shots on goal for the game.

Adams said sophomore Jessica Parker and senior Jaime Storz had excellent composure in the midfield.

“The fast and furious outside mids were controlling both sides of the pitch,” Adams said.

Adams mentions are: freshman Kamryn Dozier, sophomore Morgan Stewart, junior Kloe Bolos and sophomore Halee Barker.

FC lost to EIAC foe South Dearborn 6-0 Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Again, it was hot and humid.

“The Wildcats improved their showing against this team from the previous season,” Adams said.

Senior Karlie Hahn had done a remarkable job just not in this instance, but in every match, the Wildcats have played this year, Adams said.

“Edwards and Mauntel anchored the team sweeping up attackers left and right,” Adams said.