In a battle between 43rd District foes, it was Paul Laurence Dunbar that won out, 3-0, at Lexington Christian on Thursday night.
The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was called off because of inclement weather. It was moved to precede a boys' game between LCA and Lexington Catholic.
Audrey Rawls scored Dunbar's first two goals, a well-targeted strike from outside the 18 in the last fourth of the first half and a wide-open score from the corner of the 18 in the 46th minute.
Freshman Merin Roach found net in the 71st minute, cashing in on a nice assist from Megan Shimizu.
That goal gave Roach the team lead with four on the season. Rawls' scores tied her with Mikaielle Floreal for second at three apiece.
"The season's been a little bit of a roller coaster, so this is a big win for us," said Dunbar Coach Tom Morgan. "We really needed it at this time of the season.
Dunbar (4-3-1) won its first two games, lost its next three, tied Bryan Station and now owns back-to-back wins.
LCA (2-5) appeared more eager out of the gate, owning the possession for most of the first half. A bit more even battle broke out after the break as Dunbar did a better job fighting for the ball and putting passes in the right spots, most notably during a string that got Rawls open for her second shot.
Morgan said his team had spent a lot of time in practice recently working on maximizing possessions and creating such scoring chances around the top of the box.
"In the second half when we moved two forwards up, it gave us more chance to attack their backs and we saw some better opportunities in front of the goal," Morgan said.
Morgan thought his defense did a good job holding back LCA but felt the Eagles controlled the majority of the game.
LCA outshot Dunbar 10-9 but several were long balls that stood little chance of scoring.
"We had a couple mistakes and paid for it," Eagles Coach Steve Fugmann said. "And we didn't take advantage of our opportunities."
Fugmann was still proud of his team's effort as their numbers were down because of player illnesses.
As the game ended, Dunbar junior Amy Holbrook sustained a leg injury following a collision and had to be carried off the field to the team bench.
Paul Dunbar 3, Lexington Christian 0
At Lexington Christian
G—PD: Rawls 2 (32', 46'), Roach (71').
GK—PD: Turcotte, Cromwell (71'). LC: Henry.
Records: Paul Dunbar 4-3-1, LCA 2-5.