Multiple Teams · Great Night to be a STAR

Thursday night was a clean sweep for Webo Athletics. The boys soccer team defeated Frankfort 2-1. The volleyball team defeated Southmont in straight sets. The girls soccer team also defeated Southmont in girls soccer 4-2. The boys tennis team opened with a victory over the Covington Trojans.

Boys Soccer defeats Hot Dogs

Lebanon Reporter

Dover — The Western Boone boys soccer team got their first win of the season Thursday afternoon, topping Frankfort 2-1.

The Stars took a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of the match, then held on in the second half as the Hot Dogs pushed forward trying to get the tying scores.

“Our kids, in the first half especially, played with a lot of poise,” Western Boone head coach Brad Boellner said. “We moved the ball around better than we did on Tuesday, so you can tell what we are working on in practice is showing up in games. In the second half, we had a little bit of mental fatigue, but we will get there.”

The Stars had opened their season on Tuesday with a tough 3-2 loss to Crawfordsville where the Athenians came back from deficits twice to beat Western Boone late.

With two conference games right out of the gate, Boellner said the team wanted to make sure they didn’t fall to 0-2.

“We would have liked to get a prettier win, but at least we got one,” Boellner said. “The stress is a little less now and we can go from there.”

Senior Jack Fortner scored twice in the first half for the Stars, both coming in the first 18 minutes of the first half.

Fortner, who scored 22 goals a year ago, now has four in the first two games of this year.

“It is a great start for him,” Boellner said. “It is a testament to how the team is adjusting. He was the second-leading scorer last year but we are playing a new formation this year and it is a different forward role for him. For him to score four goals in the first two games in this formation, it just shows how they are buying in and how they are able to play off each other.”

The score remained that way until halftime, with Frankfort nearly cutting into the lead with 8:36 left in the half, but hitting the post.

The Hot Dogs hit the post again seven minutes into the second half, then cut the deficit in half with a goal with 26:38 remaining in the game.

Boellner said at the beginning of the second half, the Stars lost a little bit of their edge.

“I think we were a little lackadaisical on our marks and we probably left a little too much gap in the midfield,” Boellner said. “I think it was just a little mental fatigue and we were trying to rush things a little too much.”

Western Boone nearly scored four minutes later, when Adam Ellingwood’s shot hit the post and the Stars’ were unable to put in the rebound.

That miss almost proved costly 10 minutes later, when Frankfort put the ball in the back of the net on an indirect free kick, but the goal was waved off when a second Hot Dog player didn’t touch the ball before it went into the net.

After that Frankfort had just one other scoring chance, when they had three-consecutive corner kicks with five minutes remaining, but the Western Boone defense prevented any serious threat on the goal.

“They really played well,” Boellner said. “After the Crawfordsville game we talked about whether or not we could stay in it mentally for 80 minutes and if we could push back with the pressure and intensity when they came at us. I thought we answered Frankfort’s push very, very well today.”

The Stars were able to run out the clock from there.

Western Boone will take its 1-1 record into next week, when they travel to Rossville on Tuesday.

“I think we can build some momentum from this,” Boellner said. “I think the kids were a little anxious, especially after the way we lost to Crawfordsville, to get that first victory. To be able to get a win, I think that will relax every body a little bit.”

Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Rossville.