LOUISVILLE — Don't bother to ask Maddie Boone what happened.
"I don't even know," Boone confessed. "It was totally unreal."
That's all the Lexington Christian senior could say to describe her go-ahead goal scored with 1:09 left in the state soccer semifinals.
The goal, which gave the No. 14 Eagles a 2-1 win over No. 8 Daviess County, puts LCA into its first-ever state championship game on Saturday night at Georgetown's Toyota Stadium.
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Boone doesn't know what happened, but Coach Steve Fugmann remembers it well.
He saw his senior striker, who also scored the Eagles' other goal, will the ball into the net.
"She's incredible," Fugmann said of Boone, who has 20 goals this season. "She just refuses to lose.
"She's extremely competitive. I don't know why she wears 23, but she reminds me a bit of Michael Jordan in that she doesn't want to lose. She does everything she can to finish you off."
Her high, arching shot from roughly 15 yards out went up and over the outstretched hands of keeper Jackie Lohmann, who was falling backward into the goal.
"My heart just dropped," LCA senior defender Alison Braun said of Boone's goal. "It was awesome. It was amazing."
Boone doesn't remember the goal, but she remembered the feeling afterward and probably will for a long time.
"It's an amazing feeling," Boone said. "That keeper is amazing and she stopped so much stuff that I was just praying something lucky would happen."
Boone got the Eagles' first goal with 16 minutes to go in the first half on a beautiful corner kick by Braun. It found Boone's head perfectly and she flicked it in.
"It was a perfect ball," Boone said.
The Panthers (24-3-1) evened it up with 26 minutes left in the game on Emily Fleming's angled shot from the right side of the field.
The LCA defense, which had allowed just 15 goals coming into the game, knew Daviess County was going to be dangerous. It had scored 130 goals this season.
"We were hoping to keep (them at 130), but we got unlucky," Braun said. "We made them work for their opportunities. They got that one and they finished it."
The state finals will be a rematch of the All "A" Classic Cup championship game against No. 5 St. Henry. The Eagles won 3-1 on Sept. 12, which also is the last time the Crusaders lost a game.
The two teams have met in the finals of the small school state tournament each of the past three seasons with St. Henry winning the two previous.
"It's going to be a battle," Braun said of Saturday's finals.
"A complete showdown. They'll be out for blood, but we're ready."
No. 5 St. Henry 4, No. 4 Manual 2: Libby Leedom scored two goals for the Crusaders, who erupted for three scores in the first 43 minutes of the match and rolled into their first championship game in program history.
Natalie Vaught opened the flood gates with her shot off the slide pass from Jenna Litzler with 10 minutes to go in the first half.
Leedom's rebound shot with 2:37 left in the half made it 2-0 at halftime.
It was the sophomore midfielder's 33rd and 34th goals of the season.
Abby Janszen made it 3-0 three minutes into the second half with her solo shot from 20 yards out. Leedom added a final goal with 2:40 to play in the game for the Crusaders (23-2-1), who won their ninth in a row.
Casey Whitfield had two goals for the Crimsons (20-4-1), who had their seven-game win streak end.
St. Henry 4, Manual 2
Goals—SH: Natalie Vaught, Libby Leedom 2, Abby Janszen; M: Casey Whitfield 2.
Goalkeepers—SH: Avery Robinson; M: Katie Pope; Stephanie Tapolsky.
Records—St. Henry 23-2-1, Manual 20-4-1.
Lexington Christian 2, Daviess Co. 1
Goals—LCA: Maddie Boone 2; DC: Emily Fleming.
Goalkeepers—LCA: Myranda Powers; DC: Jackie Lohmann.
Records—Lexington Christian 20-4-1, Daviess County 24-3-1.