Kayla Price is a 5-foot-7 wall of confidence.
A prolific Lexington Christian offense gave the Henry Clay goalkeeper its best shots over and over again, and Price stopped every one to give the No. 19 Devils a 1-0 win over host No. 16 Lexington Christian.
"She single-handedly won that game," LCA Coach Steve Fugmann said of the University of Kentucky commitment. "She's the state's best keeper. We had plenty of opportunities, but there's nothing you can do but give her credit."
The Eagles outshot the Devils 10-2 for the game, including a penalty kick that Price managed to get the tip of her finger on before it went off the top post.
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"That actually kind of hurt," she said smiling afterward. "But I'll take that any day for the win."
Fugmann could have talked about working on a new offensive scheme or finishing around the goal, but he was pleased with the Eagles' play overall.
"You have to ask yourself had she not been the goalie, how many of those would have gone in?" he said. "We're pleased. We hate to lose, but we're pleased with the effort and the chances, she just played a great game."
Maddie Boone, one of the state's top offensive weapons with 21 goals and 19 assists last season, had two shots that looked destined for the back of the goal, but Price made sure they didn't go.
Boone's first was 15 minutes into the first half, but it didn't get past Price.
"It hit off the post and bounced over me, but I stuck out my arm and caught it in time," Price said.
The other Boone shot, the penalty kick, didn't fall either.
The Devils only had two chances, but they made the most of the one shot they had in the second half, a breakaway goal for Lindsay Elsen, who took a feed on the right side from Ginny Hoyt and fired it in from 15 yards out.
"Lindsay showed up big time tonight," said Coach Mebit Aragaw, whose Devils are playing without last year's leading scorer Olivia Max, who hurt her ankle.
It was Elsen's first high school goal in regulation, which she called a "nice feeling."
The team got more assertive in the second half, she said, which was the difference.
"In the second half we were a lot more aggressive and stepped to every ball. We played much better," she said.
The freshman said she was trying to make up for a missed penalty kick that might have kept the Devils out of the finals of the Fayette County Soccer Frenzy last week.
"I knew after that I really had to step it up the next couple of games," she said.
As big as Elsen's goal was, Aragaw had to credit his senior keeper with securing the win.
"Kayla is Kayla," Aragaw said of the keeper who gave up just 11 goals and had 14 shutouts last season. "She's fearless."
As impressive as her play on the field is, Aragaw said it's her leadership and her intelligence that really sets her apart from other keepers.
"She reads the play well," he said. "She's one of the best goalkeepers I've seen and she reads plays before they develop."
Fugmann, a former keeper himself, was impressed.
"She's athletic; she's confident," he said. "She knows she's going to make the save every time."
Henry Clay 1, Lexington Christian 0
Goalkeepers—HC: Kayla Price; LCA: Myranda Powers.
Records—Henry Clay 3-1, Lexington Christian 1-1.