When the season began, new LaFayette girls' soccer coach Whitney Stinson only wanted to see her young team show they could compete with some of the top teams in Region 7-AAAA.
Tuesday night, the Lady Ramblers showed her they were capable of even more.
After 90 scoreless minutes, LaFayette (1-1, 1-1) won a penalty kick shootout and picked up their first win of the 2013 season at home against traditional power Dalton.
On a damp, muddy night in south Walker County, both teams were unable to convert through 80 minutes of regulation time, and neither team could find the net after two five-minute overtime sessions, sending the match to the shootout.
The Lady Catamounts missed their first three shots, while Sierra Hendrix connected on the first penalty kick for the Lady Ramblers. Abbie Ford came up big to stop Dalton's fourth shot, and junior Shelby Narmore would later step to the line to take the last shot with the shootout tied, 1-1.
Narmore calmly sent the ball into the back of the net to give the Lady Ramblers the victory.
"We played hard all night long and had our chances to score, so to get a win like this is absolutely huge," Stinson said. "It builds chartacter for my girls and teaches them how to win. The (7-AAAA) North subregion is so tough this year, and to be able just be competitive in it is wonderful, but to upset a great team like Dalton is even better."
The Lady Ramblers will try to keep things going on Friday at home against Heritage. The Lady Generals, ranked third in the most recent Class 4A state poll, recently beat Dalton, 4-2.
The news was not as good for the LaFayette boys, who fell to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in subregion play with a 10-0 loss to the state's No. 2-ranked Catamounts.
Sophomore keeper Trevor Logan had 21 saves against Dalton, who has outscored its five opponents by a combined 42-0 so far this season.
Friday's girls' match will begin at 5 p.m. with boys' match set to kick off at 7 p.m.