MAYO — The regular-season finale turned out pretty well for the Lafayette High girls soccer team.
Playing at Dale Walker Field, the Hornets built an early advantage and held on for a 4-2 victory against Saint Francis Catholic. LHS turns around and plays the first game of the district tournament against Saint Francis.
“It was huge,” LHS coach Lucie Gresham said of the win. “They are a good team. We play them on Tuesday for a district (playoff) game.”
Freshman Lyda Plunkett kicked off the scoring with some quick moves inside the box and a nice finish to put LHS ahead 1-0 in the 11th minute. Four minutes later, Plunkett again scored from close range.
All of Lafayette’s goals were scored by underclassmen.
“It’s been a learning experience every game, and even for us coaches finding out where to play everybody,” said Gresham. “But the girls keep getting better every game. They’re starting to read and look up and see the field a lot better.”
Sophomore Spring Raulerson scored twice. Her first goal came in the 26th minute off a corner kick from Hudson Powell. Then in the 79th minute with LHS clinging to a one-goal lead, Raulerson kicked in a long shot from outside the box to give the Hornets a more comfortable 4-2 advantage.
After falling behind 3-0 the Wolves made it a close game. They scored back-to-back goals — one at the end of the first half and another at the beginning of the second half — to give the Hornets a scare. But LHS goalie made Marissa Goff made some key saves in the second half.
In the 60th minute, she stopped a barrage of shots as Saint Francis put multiple shots on goal from inside the box. Just minutes later she saved a breakaway attempt.
Lafayette is the No. 3 seed in the District 2-2A Tournament and will face No. 2 seed and host Saint Francis on Tuesday. The winner of that game will play the winner of the game between No. 1 seed Oak Hall and No. 4 seed Hamilton County.