Jacksonville's Fightin' Maidens collected a District 35-4A triumph Friday night at Tomato Bowl without even scoring a goal.
Yes that's right, because Lufkin Hudson knocked in the only goal of the match — an own goal — with 12:58 to play in the match.
After the Maidens (7-7-2, 6-2-1 District 35-4A) almost scored on their own, the ball deflected a few feet out in front of the Hudson goalkeeper and in the made rush to clear the ball already Hornet accidentally knocked the ball into the Jacksonville goal.
“I don't know that I have seen an own goal begin the only goal scored in a match; it's very rare,” Jacksonville head coach, Kiff Wiemers said. “We came out and really attacked well in the second half and we stayed busy down in front of the goal and I think our aggressiveness on offense in the second half put some pressure on Hudson.”
Callie Reagan collected the shutout win in goal for the Maidens. She made eight saves on the night, which was highlighted by a leaping save near the left post to stop what would have been a sure Lady Hornet score that came at the 36:22 mark of the final segment.
Reagan was aided by some slick defensive work in front of her.
“We made some adjustments in the second half and actually moved Lindsey Green over to help out Gentry Hammons and they both did a fine job in slowing down Hudson's attack,” Wiemers said. “And of course Kennison Chambless always done a fine job defensively for us.”
The Lady Hornets got seven shots on goal in the first half, and after the defense was tweaked at halftime, Hudson managed just three shots on goal in the last 40 minutes of action.
Jacksonville tallied 20 shots on goal in the match.