After 20 years as a head coach, Bo Lankster won his first region championship on Wednesday night.
The fact that he was able to do it with two of his daughters on his Tates Creek team made it that much more special.
"I wanted (Arly and Aaron) to experience the satisfaction and know how much fun it is to be a part of a team that makes a deep run in the tournament because it's so special," said Lankster, who won state titles himself as a player.
But Lankster doesn't want the sixth-ranked Commodores' 1-0 win in a shootout over two-time defending region champion Henry Clay to be about him.
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"This is all about this team," he said in a phone interview. "They played an amazing, amazing game tonight."
With Arly Lankster in goal, the Creekers won the 13th Region by making four penalty kicks to two for the No. 18 Devils.
Shelby Williams, Maggie Schlich, Meredith Chinn and Abby Van Bussum all scored for the Commodores in PKs, with Van Bussum making the final goal and taking home tournament Most Valuable Player honors at Woodford County's Community Stadium.
"It's hard to describe this feeling," Lankster said, "to actually win that match."
The Commodores advance to the state sub-sectionals where they will host the winner of the 16th Region Monday.
Henry Clay, which has one of the state's top goalkeepers in Kayla Price, had two shooters miss, one going wide left and the other bouncing off the post and out.
Tates Creek 1, Henry Clay 0 (shootout)
Goalkeepers—TC: Arly Lankster; HC: Kayla Price.
Records—Tates Creek 16-5-4, Henry Clay 13-4-3.