Perkins last-minute goal lifts Creekers

Jessica Perkins looked at the clock and realized there was little time left in the championship game of the Fayette County Soccer Spectacular.

The thought of a 2-2 tie with host Paul Dunbar, sending the game to penalty kicks, made the Tates Creek senior shudder.

“I was so worried,” she said. “We’ve haven’t really ever practiced PKs yet because it’s too early in the season.”

All that worrying was for nothing.

Perkins tapped in a goal off a Megan Poage corner kick with 55 seconds left and won the title for the No. 21 Commodores, 3-2.

“The goalie caught it and then it looked like someone grabbed it from her, then it bounced off another girl and I got a foot on it and finished it,” Perkins said. “I just went after it.”

Once she saw it trickle into the goal, she could barely control her emotions.

“It felt awesome,” Perkins said. “Amazing.”

The win gave Creek’s relatively young team loads of confidence.

“Having a win like this is really good for us because we haven’t won a tournament in a while, and this will really help us the rest of the season,” said Perkins, who scored the Commodores’ first goal as well.

For Dunbar (3-1), it was a difficult ending to the week-long tournament.

“There were some simple mistakes we need to work on, and hopefully we recognize those mistakes and learn from them,” Dunbar Coach Emily Coleman said.

Dunbar scored less than four minutes into the game when Sydney Golden raced up the field and nailed a shot from nearly 30 yards out. Perkins evened the score with 22 minutes to go in the first half.

Dunbar made it 2-1 with five minutes left in the first half on Kelly Hammack’s pretty dribbler into the back of the net. Creek (4-0) tied it on a feed from Poage to Maddy Smith early in the second half.

Then Perkins scored the game-winner.

“It’s a tough one to take because we were right in there the entire time,” Coleman said. “But you have to compliment Tates Creek because they never gave up.”

■ Manual won the boys’ Fayette County Soccer Spectacular at Tates Creek, beating Oldham County 4-3 in a match decided by penalty kicks.