Bryan Station, already off to what is believed to be is its best start ever in girls' soccer, let the good times keep on rolling Monday night.
Emilie Yates' goal with 33:36 left was the difference as the visiting Defenders (6-1-1) eked out a 1-0 victory over Lafayette.
The win was Bryan Station's fifth in a row, all by shutout. Last year, the Defenders went 3-16-2.
Bryan Station's best start to a season in recent memory was 4-2-2 to open the 2006 campaign.
Not even many players could have envisioned a start like this.
"No," agreed goalkeeper Katelyn Gentry. "But now that we've done it, I have faith in this team."
Yates' goal was set up on a through ball from Samantha Wilson.
"We talked at halftime how we thought we could get them with through balls," Coach Dan Hacker said.
Yates, hounded closely by a pair of Generals, got a clean look from near the 18-yard line and slipped a shot just inside the left post.
"It happened really fast. And then it was just in the goal. I don't know how to describe it," Yates said. "It feels amazing right now."
Gentry made several tough saves, perhaps none better than when she came out to snuff a ball off the foot of Laura Asher with about 4:00 left. Gentry showed no fear.
"No," Gentry said. "You just have to do it. You can't think about it. Just go for it."
Lafayette also had a couple of good looks at the goal in a scoreless first half.
About 18 minutes in, Maddie Farrer's shot was denied with a diving save by Gentry.
About two minutes later, Gentry came out of the net to pick a ball off the foot of Alex Robinson.
Bryan Station's best chance came about two minutes before intermission, when Yates was stopped at close range by Lafayette keeper Kate Heinonen.
The Defenders, who have outscored foes 21-4 this season, believe in themselves.
"We have hard-working girls on the team," Yates said. "Everyone works and everyone does their part. ... Not just one individual. Which is something new, actually, on the team. We're working together."
"The girls have just bought into the system," Hacker said. "They've worked their tails off all summer. They love each other. They're huge high-character — their moral fiber is unbelievable. I've got great assistant coaches that make me look good. We've got great parents that are supportive. So that's been a big thing."
Lafayette (2-6) dropped its third match in a row.
"You could tell that they wanted it a little bit more tonight," Lafayette Coach Bryson Perry said. "They came out and played, and Coach Hacker has them playing really well. We give every credit to them. They came out, made the goal and we couldn't get one. We hope to get one next time.
"We have had just a hard time scoring all year. We had a hard time scoring tonight. So we continually work on our scoring, and we're hoping that one day it's going to click and we can get a few more goals to make these games better for us."
Bryan Station 1, Lafayette 0
Goal—BS: Emilie Yates. Goalkeepers—BS: Katelyn Gentry; L: Kate Heinonen.
Records: Bryan Station 6-1-1; Lafayette 2-6.