Daviess County emerged victorious over Covington Catholic in the KHSAA Boys’ Soccer State Tournament finals Saturday night.
The Lexington Herald Leader’s Josh Moore reported that the DCHS Panthers, playing in their second state title game, won their first championship after besting Covington Catholic 6-5 in the penalty shootout. Each team made three of their first five kicks, forcing a sudden-death scenario.
Covington Catholic connected on attempts No. 6 and 7 but Daviess County was able to match. The Colonels missed their eighth try, setting up Tommy Booker’s game-winning goal on Daviess County’s next effort.
Booker had a game-winning header erased by an offsides call with 6 seconds left in the first overtime period.
Daviess County’s victory gave it 27 wins this season, tying St. Xavier for third all-time in a single year.
“From day one this season I felt like we had the potential to be the best team in this state,” coach Doug Sandifer said at the ceremony after the game. “We talked about it all season. ‘You have to go take it. Nobody’s gonna give it to us.’”
“ … As long I’ve been here, this has been our goal; 2010 made it realistic for our program. And this team just won this for every kid that’s played for this program.”