Valkyries win by head in final 30 seconds

It was a "goose-bump game" for Sacred Heart Coach Chris Moore.

And not just because his top-ranked, defending state champion Valkyries managed to score the winning goal in the final 30 seconds.

It was more about the 79 minutes they played before that.

"We've had some times this season when we've played some tremendous soccer, but we've really struggled to put it together for a full 80 minutes," Moore said. "They did it today. It gives you the goose bumps to play the full 80 minutes that way, then to win it, too, is even better."

The same goose bumps came for sophomore Lucy Chauvin with 29 seconds remaining when she saw a corner kick go off the head of teammate Jacki Hafele and come toward her.

Chauvin put her head on it and sent the ball into the Lexington Catholic goal to help the Valkyries top the No. 6 Knights 1-0 in the championship game of the Lady Knights Cup Saturday night.

"I'm not really the best with headers, but when I saw the angle, I got pretty excited because it looked like it was going in," Chauvin said.

Catholic had to feel as if it had nine lives leading up to that because it had allowed nine other corner kicks, but they either didn't connect or they were collected by keeper Courtney Thomerson.

But the 10th one was the difference maker for Sacred Heart, which won its fourth straight and earned its seventh shutout of the season.

"I was getting really nervous because it was so near the end of the game, and I didn't know how it was going to end," Chauvin said.

Then the ball went in.

"It was a really good feeling," she said. "It was a really, really awesome feeling."

Sacred Heart had plenty of opportunities Friday night, outshooting Catholic 10-4 in the second half. SHA dominated the first half, getting 5 shots on goal to one for the Knights.

Play picked up for Catholic in the second half, but that also helped create some shots for the Valkyries, Coach Terry Quigley said.

The Knights' defense, which had five straight shutouts going into the championship game, was strong all night, Quigley said.

Thomerson made save after save, but she couldn't get in front of the Chauvin shot fast enough.

If there's such a thing as a good loss, this was one, Quigley said. His team played with the state's top-ranked team for 79 minutes and 30 seconds.

"I'm really happy," he said. "It's not a good result, but it's a good game for us. It's a fair game, too; Sacred Heart was the superior team.

"I was proud of their effort. This should give them confidence for the rest of our season and the playoffs."e_SClBSacred Heart 1, Lexington Catholic 0

Goal—Lucy Chauvin; Goalkeepers—SHA: Maddie Peabody; LC: Courtney Thomerson.

Records—Sacred Heart 10-1-1, Lexington Catholic 8-3-1.

All-Tournament Team

MVP—Brittany Eisner, Sacred Heart.

Sacred Heart—Andrea Distler, Lucy Chauvin, Jacki Hafele, Nikki Hafele; Lexington Catholic— Courtney Thomerson, Renee Rogers, M.T. Kersey; Notre Dame—Courtney Clark, Megan Berberich; Assumption— Meredith Jaggers, Rebecca Schwager; Woodford Co.—Callie Reichenbach; Elizabethtown—Kaylee Gabhart.