St. Xavier, the top-ranked team in Louisville and the No. 3 team in the state, came to Lexington and left with an 8-6 victory over No. 1 Lexington Catholic.
But head coach Scott Howe wasn’t happy with how his Tigers (8-9) played against the Knights (17-3).
“I expected a little more out of our guys,” Howe said. “I haven’t looked at the numbers but we probably had over 20 turnovers, which is ridiculous. You can’t sit there and throw the ball away as many times as we threw the ball away.”
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John Mueller’s performance lifted the Tigers, who compete for a different state championship separate from the one for which Lexington Catholic and other Lexington schools compete. The senior attacked scored four goals — two in each half — including a swift strike eight seconds into the third quarter to extend St. Xavier’s lead to 4-2.
Spencer Kriss, a sophomore, had two goals for Lexington Catholic.
“We did well and played hard,” LexCath Coach Matt Campbell said. “We made their goalie look good; we shot pretty badly. That’s partially because their defense was playing well and getting in our hands.”
St. Xavier 8, Lexington Catholic 6
St. Xavier (8-9) — J. Mueller 4, J. Zickel 2, Mattingly, Puffer.
LexCath (17-3) — Sp. Kriss 2, St. Kriss, D. Stuber, Wheeler.