Jacksonville salvaged two of the three points available as a result of defeating Lufkin Hudson 4-3 in penalty kicks, after the District 35-4A match was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation on Tuesday evening.
Senior Rachel Stirneman booted home both of the Fightin' Maidens' scores on free kicks, which came in the first half.
Jacksonville (4-5-2, 3-0-1 35-4A) led 2-1 at the break, with the Lady Hornets adding a tally early in the final half to knot things up.
Jacksonville head coach Kiff Wiemers said that his team did not play its best against the Lady Hornets.
“I think that we may have been guilty of taking Hudson, too lightly,” Wiemers said. “It was good to get the two points, but I felt that we have played much better this year.
“We're still in first place, but with Nacogdoches' win (Tuesday) things just got a little bit tighter.”
Mia Ziadan, Stirneman, Callie Reagan and Bea Romero all found the back of the twin during the penalty kick portion of play for Jacksonville.
“There's something to be said for our team not quitting and battling on into the penalty kick session,” Wiemers said. “Hudson has a senior-laden club, that can beat you on any given night.”
The Lady Hornets secured one point for the overtime loss.
Jacksonville returns to the Tomato Bowl for a 7 p.m. match against Center on Friday evening.