Despite dominating ball possession for the entire game, FCHS had to wait until the 77th minute to get the go-ahead goal.
“I thought we played a really good game,” said Fluvanna head coach Earl Gibson. “Something we struggled with this season and certainly this game was finishing, so that’s something we need to keep working on.”
The game-winning goal came courtesy of senior Cristian Franco off of a Brad Bullock through-ball. Bullock’s pass hit Franco perfectly in stride and the captain chipped it over the diving Louisa goalie to put the Flucos on top late in the second half.
“It’s something you dream about. You want to be put in that clutch situation. I was just fortunate enough for it to fall,” said Franco post-game.
Fluvanna staved off a couple last minute chances by the Lions to hold on to the much needed victory.
“It came at the right time,” said Gibson. “It was just a clutch goal that we have being waiting to get, and it came at the right time to pull the win out for us.”
The Flucos getting shots on goal at will throughout the entire game, as they outshot the Lions 27-2. However, it was the ability to finish on those opportunities, or lack thereof, which kept the LCHS in the game.
“It’s definitely frustrating, but the fact that we’re getting all of those shots off shows that we have the ability to score,” said senior striker Quinn Johnson.
The Flucos struck first in the 30th minute off of a Bullock strike from Franco. Fluvanna outshot Louisa 9-1 in the first half, as the Lions were able to convert on their lone shot of goal in the first 40 minutes. The second half was much of the same, as FCHS continued its assault on the Louisa defense.
“That’s the style we want to try to play,” said Gibson. “That’s a lot of what we work on in practice, playing small passes, playing possession and playing in control.”
The Flucos were without American University commit Dale Ludwig due to an ankle injury suffered in their previous game against Charlottesville, in which they lost 2-1. Being a big part of Fluvanna’s offense, Ludwig’s presence was certainly missed.
“It was definitely a big factor,” said Johnson. “We’re going to have to cope without him until he comes back and try our best.”
Fluvanna (3-2-0, 1-1-0 Jefferson District) will next travel to tangle up with the Indians in Powhatan April 15.