Form held true Tuesday in the boys' 43rd District soccer semifinals at Lexington Catholic.
Top-ranked Paul Laurence Dunbar blanked Lexington Christian 4-0, and No. 8 Tates Creek turned back No. 20 Catholic 3-0.
Thursday's finals are set for 7 p.m. Both finalists will advance to regional play.
"They're a great team," Creek Coach Brandon Turek said of Dunbar. "Well-coached. Extremely intense. It's going to be a battle."
Dunbar 4, LCA 0: Ricky Clemente scored a pair of goals to lead the Bulldogs (18-1-2).
Riley Calhoon and Caleb Clay also tallied.
"I feel like we played good, got the first game in districts," Clay said. "We came out, we did what we needed to do — scored our goals early and play the rest like we usually play. We still have some work to do. Just keep practicing hard and keep on winning our games."
Nick Clark got the shutout in goal as Dunbar notched its 12th shutout of the season and third in a row.
Dunbar led 2-0 at halftime, behind goals by Clemente and Calhoon.
Clemente scored 4:56 into the match on tic-tac-toe passing from Luke Norris on the left wing to Nathan Jones on the backside, then to an onrushing Clemente near the goal box.
"We were pretty lucky to get that early goal, which I think settled us down a little bit," Dunbar Coach Todd Bretz said. "And then we were able to contain. They've got some very good players that push up and attack, and we were able to contain them. So that made it look a lot easier than it really was."
Calhoon made it 2-0 with 16:08 left in the half, taking a through ball from Tyler Joy-Brandon.
LCA's best scoring chance came in the early going, when Liam Hamilton shot just left of the net.
Clemente put things out of reach when he scored 7½ minutes into the second half.
Clay added the icing with 19:25 left.
"In practice we've been working on positioning for corners ... and I was just doing what I was doing in practice — going to the back post," Clay said. "The ball came in right where I've been running to, and I just put it in."
Bretz said that while "it's nice to get the first win," the Bulldogs have not hit their peak.
"I think we've got a lot of improvement still to do," he said. "I think our team still can get much better. And we're going to have to, as tough as our district and region is."
LCA finished an 11-7-2 season.
"I don't know if we're ever pleased with a loss," Eagles Coach Danny Harvey said. "But it was good that progressively we've played better and better over the last couple of years. ... I couldn't be more proud of this group of guys."
Tates Creek 3, Lexington Catholic 0: Pacific Mutayongwa scored two goals and Thomas Doering had one in a physical game.
"This time of year it's always going to be tough and physical," Turek said. "We're playing for tomorrow; there's no tomorrow guaranteed."
The Commodores (10-4-1) got first-half goals by Mutayongwa and Doering, but weren't totally in sync.
"I thought we had a little bit of a dry period in the first half, maybe about 15 minutes," Turek said. "I don't know if the guys got relaxed or content, but that was something we talked about at halftime, and wanted to make sure we maintained our intensity throughout the entire second half."
Mutayongwa notched his second goal with 1:29 left.
Blake Parker came up with three saves as Creek posted its seventh shutout of the season.
"It's tough," said Jonathan Kincheloe, coach of the Knights (9-10-2). "You say goodbye to 10 (seniors) who put in a lot of heart and effort. ... It's tough."
Dunbar 4, Lexington Christian 0
Goals—PLD: Ricky Clemente 2, Riley Calhoon, Caleb Clay.
Goalkeepers—LCA: Micah Penalva; PLD: Nick Clark.
Records: LCA 11-7-2; Dunbar 18-1-2.
Tates Creek 3, Lexington Catholic 0
Goals—TC: Pacific Mutayongwa 2, Thomas Doering.
Goalkeepers—LC: Benji Headley; TC: Blake Parker.
Records: Lex. Catholic 9-10-2; Tates Creek 10-4-1.
Finals at Lexington Catholic
7 p.m.: Tates Creek vs. Paul Laurence Dunbar
Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.