It didn't look like Paul Laurence Dunbar's night.
The sixth-ranked Bulldogs weren't playing their best soccer — in fact, they were outshot 9-2 for the match — but they only needed one shot to go in, and it did.
Austin Miller tapped in the game-winner with 12:25 to play to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 victory at No. 17 Lexington Catholic in a heated district rivalry game that was delayed an hour and 35 minutes by lightning.
"We got lucky," Miller said. "We definitely didn't play our best, and we were able to get out of here with a win."
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Miller was able to slip the ball away from a Catholic defender and gently tap it past keeper Chapin Webb. Brian Lock started the play by holding off three Knights defenders and waiting for help.
"We played a great game, but we lost our concentration and they capitalized on it," Knights Coach Greg Hilvers said. "We had a lapse of about five minutes, and they took advantage."
Even after the game was over, Lexington Catholic coaches argued that the score should have been 1-1.
With 30 minutes to play in the game, Catholic was centimeters away from scoring. It appeared that the shot went into an empty goal, but the center official ruled that it didn't fully cross the goal line.
Hilvers argued that it was a goal, but declined to comment about it after the game, instead complimenting Bulldogs keeper Taylor Nossokoff, who had his hands full with an aggressive Knights team that had six shots on goal to none for Dunbar in the first half.
"Their goalkeeper came up big in this game," Hilvers said. "He kept them in it, especially early on."
The Bulldogs were playing without senior star Zach Byrd, who was out with an injury. They had only two shots, neither on frame, in the first half. Their first shot on goal came five minutes into the second half.
It was the second shot that connected.
Coach Todd Bretz was pleased to get the win, especially having to play a lot of minutes with players who are typically role players.
It was a typical game between the longtime district rivals and state powers.
In the 15 times they've met since being moved into the same district in 2004, the game has never been decided by more than one goal.
The Bulldogs' win tied the series at 7-7 with one tie, last season in the regular season.
Paul Dunbar 1, Lexington Catholic 0
Goals—Austin Miller. Goalkeepers—PLD: Taylor Nossokoff; LC: Chapin Webb.
Records—Paul Laurence Dunbar 3-2-1, Lexington Catholic 1-3-2