Harper Jones was the name heard on the sideline when Western Hills’ girls soccer team was awarded a penalty kick in overtime Wednesday.
When the ball was set for the kick, there stood freshman Etelle Nfor ready to take the PK.
“I wanted to take that shot,” she said.
She did, sending the ball into the net for the only goal of the game as WHHS defeated Shelby County 1-0 in the Rotary Capital City Classic at the Sower Soccer Complex.
The penalty kick came with 3:17 left in the second five-minute, golden-goal period of the match.
It was a close game where WHHS (2-0) had several opportunities to score but couldn’t convert.
“We had 15 shots on goal,” WHHS assistant coach Kris Wright said. “We just couldn’t find the back of the net. They have a very good goalkeeper, and Shelby County played just as hard as we did.”
Catie Wibbels, the Lady Rockets’ keeper, made several key saves to keep Western Hills off the scoreboard, but the Lady Wolverines’ defense gave Shelby County few opportunities through most of the match.
“Our defense has improved tremendously,” said WHHS keeper MacKenzie Jones, who recorded the shutout in goal. “I was pleased with how Sadie Taylor played, and Lexie (Richardson) is always ready there in the back. Our defense played strong.”
With the match scoreless at the end of regulation, two five-minute, golden-goal periods were played, meaning as soon as a team scored the match was over.
Shelby County (0-2) threatened several times in the extra periods but was turned away by MacKenzie Jones.
With 3:18 left in the second period, the Lady Rockets were called for a trip in the penalty box, setting up Nfor’s penalty kick.
Nfor admitted to being nervous, but just briefly, about the shot.
“At first I was,” she said, “but once I got up there I knew I could do it.”
The tournament concludes Saturday night.
WHHS will take on Franklin County for the championship at 8 p.m. Both teams are unbeaten in the tournament.
In the first game Shelby County will meet Frankfort High at 6 p.m.