Josie Morse

Franklin County's Josie Morse, in white, fires a ball past a Columbia Central defender during a game Tuesday. The Rebelettes would go on to win the game by a score of 1-0.

The Franklin County Rebelettes beat the Columbia Central High School Lady Lions 1-0 on the road Tuesday in their opening game of the season.

The Rebelettes got their lone goal in the first half and maintained a shutout from there as they came away with a victory in the physical contest.

Franklin County head soccer coach Kent Bean said the early district win was an important one for his team after winning just one district contest in the 2018 season.

“That was a huge win against the defending district champions,” Bean said. “I think it’s going to do wonders for our confidence going into next week and this weekend.”

The only goal of the game was scored in the first half when Paris Reed received a pass in the goal box and pushed it past the opposing goalkeeper.  In the process of scoring the goal, Reed collided with Columbia's goalkeeper and left the contest shortly after.

Bean said that he thought Reed would be alright, but she was removed from the game as a precautionary measure to avoid any further injury.

The Rebelettes led 1-0 at halftime.

The game was physical throughout with both teams fighting hard for the ball. The Lady Lions came close to tying the game up multiple times in the second half, but the Rebelettes were able to hold them off each time.

The Rebelettes had their own opportunities to add to their lead, but they were not able to convert those chances into goals as they held on to win by one.

With the win, the Rebelettes opened their season with a record of 1-0.

They will next play Thursday at home against Coffee County Central High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.