The Franklin County soccer Rebelettes beat the Shelbyville Central Golden Eaglettes 1-0 at home Saturday in the championship game of their district tournament.
The Rebelettes scored midway through the first half and put up a strong defensive effort the rest of the way to win a district championship for the second year in a row and for the third time in program history.
Franklin County head soccer coach Kent Bean said his team has been working hard for the past 12 months to get back to this point.
“Last year when our season ended, one week after that the girls were in the weight room lifting weights and preparing for tonight since then. This is the culmination of that entire year of work,” Bean said. “It’s awesome.”
The Rebelettes had an early goal-scoring opportunity 11 minutes into the contest when a shot from Mariah Shull bounced off of Shelbyville’s goalkeeper and to the feet of Ella Masters. However, the goalkeeper recovered and deflected the ensuing shot out of bounds.
Masters would not miss on her next shot as she received a cross from Gracie Morse and buried the ball in the back of the net with 15:35 remaining in the first half.
“It was a great ball cross and Ella just absolutely put a great foot on it and smashed it right into the net,” Bean said.
The Rebelettes led 1-0 at halftime.
The Golden Eaglettes had several scoring opportunities throughout the contest, but the Rebelettes’ defense turned them away each time. Bean praised the work of senior goalkeeper Chesney Luttrell in making sure that Shelbyville didn’t score.
“(She) played absolutely outstanding. She’s had her struggles, she’s had to find some drive and she did,” Bean said. “I couldn’t be more proud of her for stepping up, not giving up and coming back and having the night like she had tonight.”
The Rebelettes kept the ball on the opposing side of the field for the final few minutes as they wrapped up the one-goal victory.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, Macee Vincent, Erin Worthington, Masters and Kara McDaniel were named to the all-district first team.
Mariah Shull, Tara Shull, Paige Cook and Leah Smith were selected for the all-district second team.
Morse was named as the best forward of the year for the district, and Chyenna Luttrell received the award for best midfielder of the year for the district.
Bean was selected as the district coach of the year.
With the win, the Rebelettes improved to 12-3-2 on the season.
They will next play Tuesday at home against Oakland High School in a semifinal game for their regional tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.