Henry Clay defeated Woodford County 2-0 on Wednesday night, a decision that came much sooner than the previous time these two teams got together.
When Henry Clay and Woodford County met during the Fayette County Spectacular in August, the teams finished regulation tied at 2-2. That begot a penalty-kick session that ended up going three rounds — a best-of-15. The Blue Devils eventually came out ahead and officially picked up a 3-2 win.
“I didn’t want to go through that again,” Ashley Chindo, who scored both goals Wednesday, said with a laugh. “It was intense.”
The Blue Devils who won tonight were much improved from the ones that defeated Woodford County last month, Coach Mebit Aragaw said.
“It was too early for both teams,” Aragaw said of that first meeting, which happened to start at 8 a.m. on a Saturday. “These are two different teams. For us, definitely.”
Chindo, a sophomore, scored her first goal on an in-the-box putback off her own missed shot in the 25th minute. She created the second in the 74th minute after receiving the ball near midfield, shaking off Woodford’s Camryn Pictor in one-on-one coverage and misdirecting Woodford keeper Lelia Graf for a shot into the center of the net.
Henry Clay has won six of its last seven games against Woodford County, the only non-win a 3-3 tie in 2014. Woodford’s last win in the series was a 1-0 overtime finish in the 13th Region championship in 2008.
The Blue Deils produced their sixth shutout in 10 games. They’ve allowed only six goals this season, the best mark in the 11th Region. Morgan Patton was in goal for Henry Clay.
“This was a team win,” Aragaw said. “Credit goes to every single one of them.”