It was the first time the Patriots had made it to the 11th Region All "A" Classic Championship and they were determined to snatch a victory from Lexington Christian Academy on Friday in Richmond.

LCA had defeated Model, 4-2, last year in the semifinal of the tournament and the Patriots had not forgotten that loss.

However, despite dominating much of the possession in the rematch, the Patriots fell once again to the Eagles in a 2-1 penalty kick shootout.

Model just couldn't capitalize on its opportunities to pull ahead of LCA.

"It was our game to take, but we fell just a little short. We should've had it," Model coach Steve Savage said after the loss. "It was a strange game, but that's what happens sometimes in low-scoring games."

Model went on the attack early and kept the Eagles off the board for much of the first half while getting plenty of shots on goal.

Despite getting some good looks, most of the Patriots shots were off target and the Eagles took advantage of Model's misses.

LCA took the lead off a penalty kick with 10 minutes to go in the first half and was up 1-0 at halftime.

Undeterred, the Patriots rallied.

Model dominated the second half and quickly got another shot to even the score on a penalty kick.

However, LCA's keeper managed to make a diving save to keep the Patriots off the board.

The Patriots kept pushing and got another shot to even the score minutes later.

Jonathan Crosby sent a beautiful corner kick right to a waiting group of Patriots and Model connected with a header, but the ball hit the right post of the goal and bounced away.

"We played really hard and dominated the last 20 minutes. We had several really good chances," Savage said.

With 14:32 left to go in regulation, the Patriots found the back of the net.

Freshman Shalin Kutty-Poffenberger brought the ball up the right side and found Ethan Vice waiting in the middle with a clear shot at the goal.

Vice ripped it towards the goal and the shot sailed right past LCA's unsuspecting keeper to tie the game up.

"I put (Vice) up there as striker and I thought he might be able to push his way to a goal," Savage said.

With plenty of time left to tip the scales, the Patriots once again upped their game.

With a minute to go, the Patriots dribbled the ball seamlessly up the field and Christopher Tioukalov played a ball in the air for what appeared to be the game winning shot.

However, the ball went sailing above the goal as time expired.

In the shootout, all five of LCA's shots found the back of the net.

"It was a hard game. They did it all on penalty kicks, but we played very hard. We have a first year keeper… (shootouts) are not something we practice this early in the season. We typically focus on that when we prepare for districts, when it is most likely to happen. We had some good chances tonight," Savage said.

The Patriots will face Estill County next at home on Sept. 11.

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