Lexington Christian's mission was to put two good halves together for the first time this season after starting the year 0-2.
It took a little bit more than two halves, it turns out, but the Eagles earned their first win in an exciting 2-1 overtime game against No. 14 Tates Creek.
The difference-maker came on a golden goal in the 86th minute by Camille Downing. The sophomore also scored the Eagles' lone goal in regulation on a ball that fell right to her with about two minutes left in the first half.
Her game winner came in similar fashion, bouncing off the leg of a teammate and falling to her at a perfect position to score over Tates Creek keeper Bailey McNees.
"She's in such great shape," LCA Coach Steve Fugmann said of Downing. "She worked very hard over the summer on her strength and conditioning, and it's paid off. She essentially never came out of the game."
It was LCA's first win against Tates Creek since 2010.
"My hope was that it would be a game we would be around in the end for," Fugmann said. "Being a young team, I wanted them to have a chance at the end for their confidence."
The Eagles' first two games were against West Jessamine (a 4-2 loss) and Newport Central Catholic (2-1 loss), both top-15 opponents.
"Up till now we've had a second half that was very well played," Fugmann said. "Our goal was to have two good halves. We said at the end 'we've achieved our goal so just go out and play with heart and see what happens.' So we feel great."
The win gives LCA a leg up in the 43rd District, in which it competes with Lafayette, Lexington Catholic, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Tates Creek. Only LexCath owned a district win entering Thursday.
"Everybody in the city is good enough to beat each other," Tates Creek Coach Bo Lankster said.
McKaylee Copher connected for a Tates Creek goal in the 70th minute to force the extra time. The Commodores looked poised to nullify the need for extra time but couldn't get it done.
"We just couldn't get the right momentum going," Lankster said. "We had their defense, I thought, kind of unbalanced there the last 10 or so minutes but we couldn't make the right ball."
Lankster noted several passes were underweighted and at times his girls didn't make passes to open players when opportunities presented themselves down the stretch.
"But it's early in the year," he said, "and we're still trying to figure each other out. So it is what it is."
Lexington Christian 2, Tates Creek 1 (2OT)
Tates Creek 0 1 0 0—1
LCA 1 0 0 1—2
G—TC: Copher (70'). LCA: Downing 2 (38', 86')
GK—TC: Dearinger, Ba. McNees (41'). LCA: Grace Henry.
Records: Lexington Christian 1-2, Tates Creek 3-2.