Tates Creek looked a little woozy at halftime, trailing 1-0 in Wednesday's second round of the Fayette County Soccer Spectacular.
Being the state champions that they are, though, the Commodores dusted themselves off and came roaring back to upend visiting Henry Clay 4-1.
Bethlehem beat Madison Southern 4-2 in the opener.
Tates Creek 4, Henry Clay 1: Ashley Whaley scored two goals and assisted on another.
"We just told the girls (at halftime) not to panic, that no one was disappointed in the way they played; they shouldn't be disappointed in the way they played," winning coach Bo Lankster said. "We could have found the net about three times in the first 10 minutes, didn't, (and) got a little bit impatient.
"Then, once we came out in the second half, and we got the first goal, I think everybody relaxed even more, and we played really well. That's an awesome Henry Clay team."
Henry Clay (1-1) led 1-0 at half, the goal coming with 8:26 left before the break. Margaret Cashman weaved into the penalty box, shook a defender and launched a shot from about 12 yards out.
The Commodores (2-0) had plenty of chances in the half, though, including Mallory Eubanks' bullet that struck the left goal post with about 1½ minutes left. Creek outshot Henry Clay 9-3 in the half and had a 5-0 edge in corner kicks.
Just 55 seconds into the second half, Creek evened matters when Aaron Lankster set up Whaley for a goal.
"Abby (Van Bussum, a defender) gave a really clutch speech ... and then we all screamed," Whaley said of the halftime discussion. "And then we were all pumped up, like 'we've got to win.' We came out with a lot of energy because of that."
Exactly three minutes later, Whaley teed one up on the edge of the goal box, and Eubanks banged it home for a 2-1 Commodores lead.
Creek continued to buzz the net relentlessly.
Later, Whaley slid into the penalty box and found the goal with 11:39 left.
Aaron Lankster followed with a clincher with 9:08 left.
Unofficially, Creek outshot the Blue Devils 23-7 and had 11 corner kicks to none.
Henry Clay got a big effort from goalkeeper Ally Barfield with 10 saves.
"They just outsmarted us, that's it. They outplayed us," Devils Coach Mebit Aragaw said. "It wasn't physical. It was just mental. ... Just give them credit to come back and play that half."
Bethlehem 4, Madison Southern 2: Lightning prompted a 32-minute delay with 13 minutes left in the first half of the opener, but there was no stopping Bethlehem.
The Banshees (1-1) led 1-0 when play was stopped. Megan Spalding chipped from the right wing to inside the far post 4:02 into the match.
When play resumed, Sara Santangelo's breakaway at 31:32 made for a 2-0 halftime score.
The Eagles (0-2) got on the board with about 28 minutes left, when Karrigan Moberly converted on a breakaway.
Two minutes later, though, Spalding bagged her second goal for a 3-1 lead.
With 6:13 left in the match, Sarah Russman scored off a free kick to make it 4-1, but Moberly countered 35 seconds later to again make it a two-goal differential.
BETHLEHEM 4, MADISON SOUTHERN 2
Goals — B: Megan Spalding 2, Sara Santangelo, Sarah Russman; MS: Karrigan Moberly 2. Goalkeepers — B: Olivia Ulrich; MS: Kristyn Murphy. Records — B: 1-1; MS: 0-2.
TATES CREEK 4, HENRY CLAY 1
Goals — HC: Margaret Cashman; TC: Ashley Whaley 2, Mallory Eubanks, Aaron Lankster. Goalkeepers — HC: Ally Barfield; TC: Katherine Hein. Records — HC: 1-1; TC: 2-0
Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.