Updated 1 year ago
Eighty minutes of regulation time wasn't enough time to determine a grils' state soccer champion Saturday evening in Lexington.
Two overtime periods didn't do the trick either.
But finally, after 14 penalty kicks, Tates Creek remained the last team standing.
The second ranked Commodores edged No. 1 Notre Dame 5-4 in PKs to earn a 2-1 victory and their first ever state championship crown.
After a scoreless first half, and a lightning delay lasting more than two hours, Elaine Simpson got Tates Creek on the board at the 63:36 mark, driving in a crossing pass by Mallory Eubanks.
Six and a half minutes later, Notre Dame tied it up when a corner kicked deflected in during a scramble in front of the net.
That set up the dramatic finish.
Destinie Graves, Katie Workman, Shelby Williams and Aaron Lankster all netted goals, but Notre Dame keeper Olivia Voskuhl stopped Eubanks. The Pandas had a chance to win it on their fifth kick, but Arly Lankster came up with a huge stop, leaving the teams tied 4-4 going into the sudden death rounds.
In the first sudden death round Voskuhl stopped Jordan Chlebowy, and the Notre Dame player shot wide. That left things on the foot of sophomore Bailey Lankster. She drove the ball low into the corner, and when Notre Dame's Anna Eckerle blasted a shot over the net, Tates Creek mobbed the field for a victory celebration.
Tates Creek finished the night with 23 shots - 15 on net. Notre Dame got off 19 shots, with 11 on goal.
Commodores Arly Lankster, Destinie Graves and Mallory Eubanks earned spots on the all-tournament team. Eubanks was named tourney MVP and Abby Van Bussum won the Forcht Uncommon Excellence award.
Tates Creek finished the season with a 23-1-4 record. That lone loss came in the 43rd District championship game when Lexington Catholic pulled off a 1-0 victory.
All photos by Dudley Gravitt