The Franklin County Rebelettes beat the Columbia Central Lady Lions 3-1 at home Thursday for their sixth win of the season.
The Rebelettes took an early lead and held off a late rally from the Lady Lions to extend their winning streak to four games.
Franklin County head soccer coach Kent Bean said the physical contest was exactly what his players needed as they make their final preparations for their upcoming district tournament.
“We needed a challenging game to push us and see and what we’re really made of,” Bean said. “Our girls hung in there, took some hits and laid some hits.”
The Rebelettes broke through for the first goal of the game on a shot by Paris Reed with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.
The remainder of the half would see no goals on other side as the Rebelettes continued to hold their advantage.
They led 1-0 at halftime.
Reed struck for another goal with 27 minutes remaining in the contest to push the lead up to 2-0. Reed has now scored six goals for the Rebelettes this season.
The Lady Lions benefitted from an odd play later in the half as they were awarded a penalty kick after one of the line judges signaled for a foul in the goal box. The head official initially signaled for play to continue, but called for the penalty kick minutes later after a discussion with the line judge.
The Lady Lions scored on the penalty kick to make it 2-1 with 17:46 remaining in the game. The goal ended a streak of seven straight halves without allowing a score for the Rebelettes.
It then took less than one minute for the Rebelettes to respond as Ella Masters charged the goal and bounced a shot into the net to put the lead back at two goals with 16:54 remaining.
“(Columbia) is thinking they’re back in it, but the girls just keep pushing and send that message to the team that it’s not going to go down like that,” Bean said. “It shows a lot of heart from the girls to fight back immediately after that.”
The Rebelettes appeared to score one more goal in the closing moments of the game, but the final whistle blew seconds before the shot was taken as they won by two.
“I’m going to count that last one,” Bean jokingly said afterwards.
With the win, the Rebelettes improved to 6-3-3 on the season and 6-2 in district play.
They will next play on Oct. 15 at home against Lincoln County High School in a semifinal game for their district tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Bean said that any team can come out on top in a tournament setting and his players will just need to keep utilizing their strengths to pick up wins.
“I know we have more depth than most of the other teams. It’s just a matter of getting pieces on the field to string something together,” Bean said. “We just need to keep it rolling into the postseason.”