WAKE FOREST — Franklin Academy’s soccer team evened its record to 2-2 with a 10-1 win against Research Triangle High School Aug. 28.
Several Patriots scored goals including senior center-mid Gabe Milioni, forward Brian Gonzales and Chris Hughes, a senior midfielder.
“They all scored some nice goals and each one of them is having a productive season so far,” said Franklin Academy coach Michael Hunt.
Research Triangle High is a relatively new school with a young soccer program.
“I expect they will be competitive in one to two years,” Hunt said.
The Patriots controlled the game and dominated both sides of the field as their experience and solid play took them to a 6-1 halftime lead.
“I would have preferred better ball movement and better runs off the ball, but overall we had a solid match,” Hunt said, adding he believes his team has a long way to go if they want to play to their potential.
“We need to continue to evolve and refine our game with each match,” he said. “We have a lot of heart on the team and a great group of boys and I think it will be an exciting season.”
Playing in a new league, the North Central Athletic Conference, Hunt said he isn’t sure what to expect from his opponents.
“Being in a new conference makes it difficult to know what kind of match we are going to play from week to week,” he said. “I told the boys before the Triangle Research game that we need to focus and to play Franklin Academy soccer no matter whom we play.”
“We are still learning and improving and with each match, I expect us to get better playing as a team,” he added.
Franklin Academy will host non-conference opponent North Raleigh Christian Academy tomorrow (Friday) at 5:30 p.m.