Fayette County

Lafayette beats LCA with 'kind-of-lucky goals'

Coach Chris Grimm said he was "not overly happy" with how his Lafayette boys' soccer team played Tuesday night.

Lexington Christian Coach Jim Tussey said he "was very happy" with his Eagles.

If you weren't at LCA's Turner Stadium, though, you might be surprised to learn that Lafayette (1-4-1) won the district match 2-0.

"We still have a long ways to go," Grimm said. "We got two kind-of-lucky goals. I really thought LCA played a good game and, overall, I would say they might have played better than us tonight."

The Eagles (1-3-2) showed their coach something.

"This is a pretty young team," Tussey said. "We lost a lot of seniors, as did Lafayette, but I was really pleased possession-wise, attacking-wise. It's just, sometimes, soccer's a funny game.

"Lafayette, take nothing away from — they stayed with a couple plays, and they made the play, and they got the goals to get the win. But I feel pretty confident about our team and where we are right now. ... We're just figuring out who we are."

Lafayette, without a home field this season because of construction, was designated as the home team.

After a scoreless first half, Jose Becerra put Lafayette on the board with 33:31 left.

Luis Rodriguez sent the ball through to Becerra, who then had a one-on-one joust with Archie Pope. The LCA goalie came out to the 18-yard line to challenge.

Pope blocked the shot, but the ball ricocheted a few yards past the goalie. Both players went down, but Becerra's momentum carried him into the box, and Pope was left at the 18. Both scrambled to their feet, with Becerra just quick enough to zip the rebound shot into an open net.

"The coaches yelled to pressure, and I just went for the ball, and it hit my chest," Becerra said. "When I turned around, the ball was right there. I kicked it, and it went in."

Pope, who made several outstanding saves, also was victimized when he came out to challenge an onrushing Zenas Rother. Another deflection sent Rother to the end line and right of the goal. His cross ricocheted off of the diving goalie and into the net with 14:30 left.

Tussey had no quarrel with Pope's decisions.

"It was aggressive, and Lafayette hustled," Tussey said. "Sometimes you win a game with goals that aren't the prettiest, but you still put them on the board. We had our chances to do the same, and we didn't."

Alex Moody got the shutout for Lafayette, which outshot the Eagles 10-6. The Generals also had four corner kicks to LCA's three.

And, most importantly, two goals to none.

So, despite lacking in some areas, "I'm definitely happy to get a victory," Grimm said. "I think that will be good for morale. ... It's definitely a positive."

At Lexington Christian

Goals—Jose Becerra, Zenas Rother. Goalies—LCA: Archie Pope; Laf: Alex Moody.

Records — LCA 1-3-2; Lafayette 1-4-1.