FRANKFORT — The third time wasn't a charm for Lexington Christian in the All "A" Classic soccer championship Sunday night.
Three straight times the Lady Eagles have advanced to the small school state title game and three straight times they haven't been able to take home the trophy, this time falling 3-0 to No. 4 St. Henry at Sower Field.
The Crusaders won their second straight state title in their second straight trip.
"It's awesome," said tournament Most Valuable Player Abby Janszen, who scored twice for St. Henry. "We wanted this so bad. We've worked so hard for this."
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Last year, these same two teams played to a tie in regulation and St. Henry won in a shootout.
The Crusaders were determined to not let it get that far this time, scoring two goals in less than two minutes to grab a 2-0 lead with 27 minutes still to play in the first half.
Freshman forward Libby Leedom scored first.
Then Janszen added a second goal 1:30 later when she broke free from her defender in the center of the field and powered it in.
Once the Crusaders got their two goals, they didn't worry much. They have given up just four goals all season, with two of them coming to No. 2 Notre Dame in their lone loss of the year.
"We know we have to keep playing our best, but we feel good once we get a lead like that," said Janszen, who put in an insurance goal late in the second half.
Added depth on defense has helped this season, Coach Steve Lorenz said. The Crusaders now have 12 shutouts.
"When you're able to get early goals — so long as we don't relax too much — it allows us to relax and get into a rhythm," Lorenz said.
LCA Coach Steve Fugmann said he never felt like his No. 17 team was out of it, though.
"We had chances," he said. "I'm not disappointed in them in the slightest. ... Their effort was great."
But St. Henry was great, too.
"They've got so much speed, focus and skill together, you can only do so much," Fugmann said. "With that said, I thought for much of the second half, we controlled the game."
St. Henry won the boys' state title as well, upsetting No. 14 Murray 3-2 in a shootout at Sowers Field just before the girls' championship.
St. Henry 3, Lexington Christian 0
Goals — Abby Janszen, Libby Leedom. Goalkeepers—LCA: Myranda Powers; SH: Stephanie Hasken.
Records: LCA 10-4-2, St. Henry 14-1.