Ahead of Central High School girls' soccer's matchup with Franklin County on Thursday, September 12, the team had still not lost a home game in 2019. Down 1-0 with under 15 minutes to play, a pair of late goals put the Lady Raiders ahead for a 2-1 victory over the Rebelettes.
"At halftime, we just knew we weren't playing our game," Coach Lee Xixis said. "I'm just really proud of the way we just fought back and got the first goal to tie it up and kept pounding to get the second goal."
CHS also played strong defense as the game neared its close. The Lady Raiders did not allow any Franklin County shots on goal in the last ten minutes.
This was the team's first win after two straight 3-3 draws against Shelbyville and Lincoln County.
"It really says a lot, with especially the last two games where we got ties," Xixis said. "We've had that on our mind, we've been talking about it and working with it a lot, and I'm just so proud of the way they just gritted it out."
Franklin County took a 1-0 lead in the first half. CHS was unable to respond and the Rebelettes held their lead through the break.
Through much of the second half, neither team was able to score and Franklin County maintained its lead. That changed when Kyleigh Harner took a feed from Anna Amado and hit the equalizer with 13:05 left in regulation.
The game was still tied at one with under six minutes to play. With 5:49 left on the clock, Jenna Garretson jumped up and connected on a header. The shot crept past the Franklin County keeper and put the Lady Raiders ahead 2-1.
"I've never done that before, like ever, so that was a really good moment for me," Garretson said. "Britny [Hernandez] headed the ball, so I just ran a circle around her and I just got something on as fast as I could and it went in surprisingly."
Garretson's shot turned out to be the game winner as Franklin County was unable to respond in the final minutes of regulation.
"That was really intense," Garretson said. "It was a fight till the end, for sure."