Shane Patino's perfectly placed shot was enough to lift Lexington Catholic to a 1-0 victory over visiting Tates Creek on Tuesday night.
With the win, the Knights also edged out the Commodores for the No. 2 seed in district tournament play, where the teams will meet again in an elimination match.
"We've been up and down so this is really important to our boys to come out and get this win," Coach Jonathan Kinchelo said. "The win's not as important as well as they played. They played it solid. They adjusted to the formation change we've made. And some seniors really step up — (Zach) Yohon and Chase (Tranter) and Nick (Rydz) really played well and fought. This game means we wear white next week instead of dark uniforms. And we'll see this team again."
With Tates Creek (9-4-1) ranked sixth in the state and riding a five-game winning streak, the outcome was something of an upset.
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Yohon was confident that the Knights could shut down Creek, though.
"We just had to communicate a lot and we had to step to the ball," he said. "No. 10 (Edwin Garcia), he was their player we had to mark. If we marked him and shut him down, then they didn't have anything. They just played it long the whole time. If we could shut that down, then we would win, and we did."
Catholic (8-7-1) also was shut down until just under 14 minutes remained. That's when Patino shook free.
"I just got the ball from a cross from the midfield and I just ran it down the sidelines," he said. "Nobody was there, so I just took the shot and it happened to go in and took the keeper, so that was pretty cool."
Patino, on the right wing and about 10 yards off the end line, arched a shot over the keeper and just inside the far post.
"It was your typical district match," Commodores Coach Albert Gross said. "Both teams got pretty physical and played well, and emotionally involved in the game. I think they handled it a little bit better than us. I think our guys got caught up in the environment and atmosphere and didn't particularly play very well.
"Hats off to Lexington Catholic. They snuck a goal in on us and got the win. Unfortunate that we got the loss but, fortunately, we'll turn around and face them again in about two weeks in the district tournament."
Neither team gave an inch during a scoreless first half.
Tates Creek came close to scoring on its first shot of the night, but Miller Krauss put a header just wide of the net.
Catholic's best look came with 18½ minutes left, when Trent Marshall shot barely wide right of the post.
Creek's best chance in the second half may have come in the last two minutes, when Amadi Mubelela nearly chased down a free ball in the box. Goalkeeper Jacob Roberts came out to make a sliding grab just before the Commodore could launch a shot.
"I thought we could (get a shutout), but I knew it was going to be difficult," Yohon said. "We rose to the occasion and it worked out."
Lexington Catholic 1, Tates Creek 0
Goal—LC: Shane Patino. Goalkeepers—TC: Noah Dehart and Aamer Shalash; LC: Jacob Roberts.
Records: Tates Creek: 9-4-1; Lexington Catholic 8-7-1.