TOMPKINSVILLE — Penalty kick saves, a hat trick performance and a last-second goal to decide the match in extra time — Sunday's District 15 championship tilt between Barren County and Glasgow had all that you would expect from a rivalry game between two solid teams, but it could only produce one winner.
Emma Hughes scored two goals in the second half to rally Barren County from a halftime deficit and take the championship match over rival Glasgow 3-2 in extra time. The junior scored all of the Trojanettes' goals and made a long free kick just before the second half of extra time concluded, as the golden goal kept the match from being decided by penalty kicks.
It also sealed Barren County's fourth straight District 15 title, this one coming after Glasgow had won both regular season meetings between the teams.
"We could see the progression. The first game was 2-0. The second one was 2-1, but we created chances so we said the third game let's just come play, just have fun," Barren County coach Bobby Nyekan said of the third meeting between Glasgow and Barren County.
Glasgow goalkeeper Paige Burd made an incredible save on a penalty kick taken by Hughes in the first half, but she was able to rebound the miss and find the back of the net to give Barren County a 1-0 lead.
Dinah Miranda tied the score when she also rebounded a miss and beat the keeper with a little less than seven minutes left to play in the opening half. The senior then gave the Lady Scotties the lead with a shot off her right foot late in the first half.
Glasgow held a 2-1 lead at halftime thanks to Miranda's goals and some great goal-keeping from Burd. Though trailing, Barren County had created several opportunities over the first 40 minutes of the match.
Midway through the second half, Hughes tied the score on an assist from Halle Hills that was setup from a corner kick by Macy Lockhart.
But it appeared Glasgow was primed to take a late lead after a penalty kick was awarded to the Lady Scotties with less than seven minutes left in the match. The kick was on-goal, but Barren County keeper Gracelyn Deweese made a brilliant save, regaining her composure in enough time to stop the rebound kick that also had a chance of going in the back of the net.
Deweese made another great save with about 4:30 left in the match, and followed it up with a diving stop in the final minutes of regular time.
The teams played the first five minutes of extra time without many opportunities for either squad to score a golden goal. It appeared the match was headed for penalty kicks until the Trojanettes were awarded a late free kick on the left side of the field about five yards away from the penalty box.
Hughes calmly stepped up to take the kick, and passing wasn't on her mind.
"I just shot it. It was open, so I went for it," she said.
Hughes, the tournament MVP, was swarmed by teammates as she led Barren County to another district title. She said it was a special experience because of how many players have stepped up over the last four years to allow the Trojanettes to win big games.
"It's great that we've won four years in a row. It's a big honor," Hughes said.
Barren County and Glasgow advance to the 4th Region tournament. The draw will be held Friday.