Caught up in the afterglow of Scott County's 4-3 victory over fourth-ranked Tates Creek, Michelle Washburn said she couldn't remember what she was thinking as the final shot taken Wednesday came at her.
Suffice to say, the freshman goalkeeper halted a shootout when she made a diving stop of Alex Tussey's attempt, giving the 17th-ranked visitors a sudden victory.
"I was like 'whoa!' " Washburn said of her reaction to having the ball in her grasp.
The teams, both with 3-1 records coming into the match, played to a 1-1 tie through one half, 3-3 through regulation and went scoreless in a pair of five-minute, sudden-death overtimes.
In the shootout, each team converted on its first five chances.
In the sixth round, Shelby Ratcliff put Scott County ahead, followed by Washburn's winning save.
"We rose slightly to the occasion," said Angela "Bug" Brown, the former Woodford County and Nelson County coach who is in her second season directing the Lady Cardinals. "We've got to do a lot of different things better. We're young in a lot of areas."
That youth would include in goal, where Washburn made 10 saves before going to the shootout.
"She's hungry," Brown said. "Trey Kramer (a former Transylvania standout from Versailles) trained her. He's a great goalkeeper. And she played big. She's a freshman. She's going to make mistakes, but I'm extremely proud of her and the improvement that she's making."
Aaron Lankster's shot from the top of the penalty box with 37 seconds left in the first half found the goal and lifted the Lady Commodores into a 1-1 draw.
Scott County tallied an own goal 10 minutes into the match, off of Brittany Cline's shot.
Keeper Arly Lankster punched the ball slightly in front of the goal. Creek's Meredith Chinn tried to head the rebound away, but instead put the ball in the net.
Also in the first half, Creek's Elaine Simpson and Tussey put shots off the crossbar.
The Commodores took a 2-1 lead on Shelby Williams' shot from near the 18-yard line with 33:34 left in regulation.
"Then we kind of go into cruise," Creek Coach Bo Lankster said. "And (Scott County) never quit playing."
The Cardinals countered with two goals less than four minutes apart.
Taylor Borman notched the equalizer with 23:49 left, and Cline cleaned up the rebound of another Borman shot at 19:58 for a 3-2 lead.
Creek answered with 15:17 left, when Elaine Simpson took a cross from Ashley Whaley and nudged it past Washburn.
"Credit our girls — we get an equalizing goal to make it 3-3," Lankster said. "For my liking, way too many goals given up and not enough finishing that we could have had. But Scott County should get a lot of credit for that. They've got a good team."
Scott County 4, Tates Creek 3 (SO)
Goals — SC: own goal, Taylor Borman, Brittany Cline; TC: Aaron Lankster, Shelby Williams, Elaine Simpson. Goalkeepers — SC: Michelle Washburn; TC: Arly Lankster. Records — Scott Co. 4-1; Tates Creek 3-2