The Patriots dominated possession and most of the good scoring chances for the first 60 minutes of Thursday's match-up with Frankfort in the semifinals of the 11th Region All "A" Classic.

But, they only had a 1-0 lead.

And that advantage disappeared when Ethan Vermillion scored on a penalty kick with 17:57 left in regulation.

Model (4-5) answered back quickly.

Chris Tioukalov scored just 56 seconds later and Thomas Chadwell later added a goal as the Patriots picked up a 3-1 win.

"After something like that, the whole team just gets an adrenaline boost," Model junior John Benson said of Tioukalov's go-ahead goal. "You stop feeling everything that is hurting."

With the victory, the Patriots move into the 11th Region All "A" Classic championship game for the first time. They will take on Lexington Christian Academy (5-2-1) today in Richmond.

The game-winning goal was a group effort.

A beautiful passing sequence set up Tioukalov, who came up the left side and chipped a ball high in the air over the drawn-out keeper.

"Thomas (Chadwell) found John (Benson), who sent the ball to Keshav (Bhandari), who sent this beautiful volley up to me. I just lifted it up over the goaltender inside the far post."

It was Tioukalov's seventh goal of the season and created a big shift in momentum.

"It was exhilarating. Very exciting," Tioukalov said. "It was probably my best goal of the season."

With 13:12 left in the game, Chadwell got open at the top of the box and found the right side of the net.

Zack Long made several good saves that made the two-goal lead hold up.

After losing four-straight games, Model has won three of its past four.

The Patriots took the lead in the first half on a beautiful goal by Benson. The junior slipped behind the Frankfort defense, jumped into the air and guided the ball into the net with his right foot.

"That's one of my signature plays," Benson said. "I've been doing that forever. Ethan just feed me the ball and I just tapped it in."

LCA defeated Model, 4-2, last year in the semifinals of the 11th Region All "A" Classic.

"We kind of want to pay them back for that," Benson said.

The Eagles moved into this year's championship game with a 2-0 win over Sayre on Wednesday in Richmond.

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