Senior striker scored a goal and assisted on another in the first 10 minutes
CRESTWOOD, Ky. – South Oldham’s Christian Lister was a blister on the collective heel of the Ballard boys’ soccer team Tuesday night.
The senior striker scored a goal and assisted on another in the first 10 minutes to lift the host Dragons to a 2-1 victory over the Bruins in a top-12 showdown.
“Christian is probably one of the most dangerous players I’ve ever coached,” Kenneth Burke said. “He can create off the pass, and this year we’ve asked him to be more of a goal scorer for us, too.”
Lister did both in leading the Dragons (8-6-1), who are No. 11 in the Maher Rankings, over the No. 12 Bruins (8-4-1).
In the eighth minute he collected a rebound, switched the ball from his right foot to his left and beat keeper Andres Perez with a shot. Two minutes later Lister got free along the goal line and dropped the ball to Jones Prenn for what proved to be the game-winner.
Lister raised his team-leading totals to 11 goals and five assists and also reinforced Burke’s decision to move him from center-midfield to striker this season.
“At first I had no clue what I was doing, but I’m learning and I’m adjusting to it,” said Lister, who had eight goals and 10 assists last season. “At first it was awkward, but I’m getting better at it, I think.”
Ballard cut the Dragons’ lead in half two minutes after Prenn’s goal when Martin Bester converted a pass from Tucker Monheimer.
That turned out to be the final goal of the game, but both teams had ample opportunities to score more.
Two of the Bruins’ best chances to get the equalizer came in the final 2½ minutes. The first came when Monheimer’s throw-in reached the back of the net. The referee, however, ruled that no player from either team had touched the ball, negating the goal.
“Apparently it wasn’t a goal,” Ballard coach Rob Zoeller said. “I had a couple of boys who said that they nicked it and said the keeper nicked it, too, but the referee didn’t see it and we’ve got to stand by his call.”
Then in the final seconds, on a rebound off a corner kick, Ezra Ness’ shot sailed over the goal.
“It was good for us, coming off two losses,” Lister said. “It was good to get a win before our senior night (Thursday against Manual) to give us momentum.”