While Trinity took some punches in the form of two clean Lexington Catholic goals, it showed resolve and why it's ranked nationally in a 3-2 win over the Knights on Thursday.
Greg Fischer came away with the game-winning score in the 67th minute from about 35 yards out of a free kick.
"It was a nice shot," LexCath Coach Jonathon Kincheloe said. "He put it on frame and it had a little dip to it. Give him a lot of credit. He had a great game."
Kincheloe said Fischer controlled the middle of the field and "was all over the place" defensively. It was a game Fischer hopes can kick him back into his next gear after leading Trinity in scoring last season.
"I've gotten off to a slow start this year," said Fischer, who is second on the team in scoring with three after tonight. "Seeing that one go in the net will hopefully boost my confidence going forward."
Ryan Murr (17th minute) and Luke Williams (19th minute) responded quickly with goals after the Shamrocks fell down 2-0 in the first half. Murr is Trinity's leading scorer with eight goals this season.
Trinity Coach Dale Helfrich was impressed with LexCath, saying they've got a lot of fight in them and "will upset some teams," but he was displeased with his team's slow start.
"We're just fortunate today to come out with a victory," Helfrich said, who credited Fischer as well as Drew Gates' leadership on the pitch for the Shamrocks' composure after falling down early.
Robert Matthews got the Knights on the scoreboard right out of the gate with a well-placed strike from outside the 18 in the second minute. Sophomore Keegan Bailey scored off a header to put the Knights up 2-0 in the 14th minute and poised to play spoiler.
"It's always nice to start a game putting pressure on the other team," Kincheloe said. "You'd think we'd settle in and play a little smoother game than we did. But we got back on our heels and allowed them to put us in a lot of pressure."
Trinity remains undefeated on the season at 5-0-1. LexCath falls to 5-2.