The Franklin County Rebels beat the Lincoln County Falcons 2-0 at home Thursday in their first game of the season.
The Rebels scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the contest and were able to control the pace the rest of the way to begin the year with a victory.
Franklin County head soccer coach Kent Bean said it wasn’t a perfect game for his players, but they put in a strong effort overall.
“It’s always good to start the year off with a win. It gives a little bit of confidence going into our Gatlinburg tournament and the rest of our regular season,” Bean said. “There is definitely some things we’re going to work on, but I thought the boys played hard and fought until the very end.”
The Rebels went on the attack immediately with Caleb Tubb finding the corner of the net two minute into the game to make it 1-0.
The Rebels were awarded a penalty kick later in the half after a Lincoln County defender deflected a shot with his hands.
Brad Simmons buried the ensuing kick into the back of the net to make it 2-0 less than 10 minutes into the game.
The Rebels continued to keep up the pressure throughout the rest of the half as they limited the Falcons’ offensive opportunities.
The Rebels led 2-0 at halftime.
The second half played out in nearly identical fashion with the Rebels in control of the ball for a majority of the period.
The Falcons did get one shot on goal in the second half, but goalkeeper Robert Jiminez turned the shot away to maintain the shutout.
With the win, the Rebels opened the season with a record of 1-0.
They will next play March 20 against the Knoxville Ambassadors in Gatlinburg for the Smoky Mountain Cup. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.