Saving the best for last, Henry Clay got a goal by Zach Wolfe with 29 seconds left to trip up Henderson County 1-0 Saturday in the boys' Fayette County Soccer Spectacular at Lafayette.
In the second portion of the morning doubleheader, Tenko Kono's 40-yard goal as time expired gave Lafayette a 2-1 victory over South Oldham.
"It was kind of lucky," Kono said. "Two seconds left — I just shot it."
In the opener, "they played a ball up to Thomas (Ueland), who was in the middle. They had about three people on him and I came out wide," Henry Clay's Wolfe said. "He just looked at me, I ran straight forward, he kicked it in between two of them and I just put it in."
Just that simple, from near the top left corner of the goal box, after what at times seemed like a long morning for the Blue Devils.
Unofficially, Henry Clay outshot the Colonels 19-4 and had a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks. The Devils just couldn't break through, though, until the final half-minute.
"We as a team were getting frustrated," said Tim Bernardi, coach of the Devils (1-0). "I felt like we generated chances, but just weren't getting the result that we needed. I was proud of our guys for just putting along and keeping with the game plan and, finally, we netted one in the last few seconds there.
"We did change formations throughout the match, kept adding some more firepower up top to try to hopefully generate something. I think that we ended up with three up top and I think that kind of changed the complexion of the game. About the last four minutes of the game we had three up top."
Henderson County (0-2), a state final four team each of the past three years, got a big game out of goalkeeper Jacob Stauffer. He finished with seven saves.
"I was getting really frustrated," Wolfe said. "I had one in the first half, a shot, and the keeper tipped it into the post and it went wide. And then I had a header right in front of the goal that went over. So we were really trying to push up at the end. We went with three in the back and put three people up top ... and that's how we were able to score."
David Vasquez got the shutout in goal for Henry Clay, making three saves.
In the second game, after a scoreless first half, South Oldham (1-2) went up in the 43rd minute on a goal by Jonas Prenn.
The Generals (3-0) tied about three minutes later, courtesy of an own goal.
That's the way it stayed until Kono, in a last-ditch effort to score, launched his game-winning shot.
Scoring what he called the biggest goal of his life, the senior was promptly mobbed by his teammates.
"Awesome!" he said with a laugh. "I was so hyped."
Henry Clay 1, Henderson County 0
Goal—Henry Clay: Zach Wolfe. Goalkeepers—Henderson: Jacob Stauffer; Henry Clay: David Vasquez.
Records: Henderson Co. 0-2, Henry Clay 1-0.
Lafayette 2, South Oldham 1
Goals—SO: Jonas Prenn; L: own goal, Tenko Kono. Goalkeepers—SO: Griffin Smith; L: Trey Paskovics.
Records: South Oldham 1-2, Lafayette 3-0.