Lebanon scored one goal in the first half and one in the second then held off a late rally attempt for a 2-1 nondistrict victory at Tommy McAmis Field.
Lebanon’s new-look team has some seniors with limited playing time and some underclassmen, including freshman goalkeeper Josiah Wilson.
Coach Jason Wilson was happy with his inexperienced team’s performance.
“We graduated a bunch of seniors and we pulled up some freshmen. So for them to get a win, it’s a good settling-in game for them,” Coach Wilson said. “It was a good competitive game. Wise always fields a good team and it’s always kind of close. Nothing is ever a blowout with these two teams. I think we’re evenly matched. I think we play each other pretty well.
“I’m proud of the boys. I’m proud of the freshman keeper who stepped up in goal and made some big saves.”
Josiah Wilson recorded six saves in his first varsity game in goal and held Central scoreless in the first half.
Warriors keeper Taylor Mullins finished with five saves.
Lebanon took 10 shots on goal. Central had nine.
Lebanon’s first goal came at the 25:30 mark of the first half when Blake Short drilled a line-drive kick past the diving Mullins. The Pioneers went up 2-0 on a goal from senior Ethan Trent at the 17:35 mark of the second half.
Central’s goal came 21 minutes later after Josiah Wilson was injured and had to temporarily leave the game. Lucas Coffey had a solid kick for his first varsity goal, cutting Lebanon’s lead to 2-1.
Central stayed on the attack during extra time but couldn’t find the equalizer.
LADY WARRIORS NOTCH SHUTOUT
In the girls’ match, Central opened the season with a 1-0 win over Lebanon.
The Lady Warriors’ goal came courtesy of sophomore Lauren Mulkey at the 38:34 mark of the first half.
“That was a lot closer than we wanted it to be, but I am thankful we won the game,” said Central coach Matt Mullins.
“They brought a lot of intensity and they hustled to the ball,” Mullins said of the Lady Pioneers. “They took us out of our game to a certain extent. They made us play unnerved some. But we got one and it was enough to win the game.”