When the time came to convert a free kick, Tates Creek did exactly that Thursday night. But when the time came for Lafayette to come back on a penalty kick, Creek goalkeeper Aamer Shalash said not so fast.
That was pretty much the story as Tates Creek's homestanding boys won 2-0 in a 43rd District soccer matchup.
"Overall, I thought our performance was very good. I thought we played together," winning coach Albert Gross said. "We continue to improve. And even though we're getting a lot of opportunities and creating our chances and nothing was going in, we just continued to play, and play the right way.
"Hats off to Lafayette. I thought they did an excellent job on some of our players and defended extremely well, and caused us some problems. But, fortunately, our boys came through and were able to get a few goals in."
The game was scoreless until there was 6:47 left in the game and Miller Krauss stuck in a rebound off a free kick by Edwin Garcia. Amadi Mubelela nearly headed a ricochet in, but Krauss was there to finish the job.
"Edwin had a really good free kick off the post, and it was surprising that Amadi didn't quite head it in and it just popped up right in front of me," Krauss said. "I just had to finish it for the team.
"We had a lot of opportunities, and I just saw it coming, honestly. We had it coming."
With 5:22 left, Lafayette was awarded a penalty kick, by Tenko Kono.
His shot was well placed, bound for the lower right corner of the net. But Sha lash was there to make a diving save.
"It was mainly a guess," Shalash said. "But what was going through my head is, I didn't want to have the same thing to happen like Henry Clay, because we were up 2-1 and with two minutes left they ended up scoring. When I saved it, it was incredible."
Said Lafayette Coach Chris Grimm: "The guy that we had take it, Tenko, we wanted him to go out and take another one two minutes later. Those type of things happen. They converted their free kick and we didn't convert ours, and that's kind of how the game went. That's kind of how district games go — one small play can really change the course of the game or decide the game. You've just got to capitalize. I've got a young group. It's a learning experience for our guys."
The Commodores (4-2-1, 1-1 district) got some icing with 47 seconds left, when Garcia scored on a breakaway.
The Generals (4-5, 1-1) got a big game from goalkeeper Trey Paskovics, who made 11 saves.
"Trey has played awesome for us all year," Grimm said. "We've had some games where he's basically kept us in it by himself; he's had games where he hasn't had to do too much but had to make big saves at the right time. He may be small in stature, but he plays huge for us on the field."
Tates Creek had several chances in a scoreless first half, outshooting the Generals 10-3. But Paskovics came up with six saves, the best of which came on a Jared Wilkins hard shot with about 10:30 on the clock.
"Obviously disappointed with the loss," Grimm said, "but very proud of the way that they played and the way that they competed."
Tates Creek 2, Lafayette 0
Goals — TC: Miller Krauss, Edwin Garcia. Goalkeepers — L: Trey Paskovics; TC: Aamer Shalash. Records — Lafayette 4-5; Tates Creek 4-2-1.