There was a bit of rain on the parade Wednesday, but not enough to stop the favorites from advancing to the finals of the girls' 42nd District soccer tournament.
No. 24 Henry Clay, the tourney host, fought off a determined Sayre squad 2-0 in a game played in steady light rain.
Then, with the rain letting up, No. 3 Scott County upended Bryan Station 6-0.
Finals are set for Thursday night at 8. Both teams will advance to the 11th Region tournament.
Scott County edged Henry Clay 3-2 on Aug. 28.
Henry Clay 2, Sayre 0: Grace Whalen and Mary Ford Rodes tallied for the Blue Devils (10-7-1).
"I think we played well when you (consider) the weather," Coach Mebit Aragaw said. "This time of year, all you want to get is a win. Doesn't matter how you get it."
Sayre (5-6-5) packed things in on defense, trying to keep the match close. The plan nearly worked.
"I thought they played a phenomenal game," Coach Erik Johnson said of his Spartans. "Actually, I think they executed our game plan really well. To get to 10 minutes left in the game, down 1-0 with an opportunity to maybe get a goal and push this to overtime, I couldn't have asked for more from them."
Henry Clay took 32 shots to Sayre's one and had a 12-0 bulge in corner kicks.
But only about three minutes remained in the half before Whalen put in a header to open the scoring.
Things stayed that way until Rodes scored off a rebound with 3:50 left in the game. Lindsay Elsen put the initial shot off the left post. Earlier, she hit the other post and even put one off the football goal post.
"I love posts," Elsen said with a laugh. "They packed it in on defense, and we kind of knew they were going to do that. ... I guess we just had to focus on not getting frustrated."
"Yeah, it was tough," Rodes agreed. "But I think we got the hang of it after a while. They played really well, but I think we pushed through."
The shutout was Henry Clay's sixth of the season, although Ally Barfield didn't have to make a save. Counterpart Emma Johnson made a dozen saves, including a spectacular diving stop of an Elsen first-half shot.
Scott County 6, Bryan Station 0: Keyli Borman and Maddie Coleman scored two goals each as the Cardinals rolled.
The Cardinals (18-1-1) also got scores by Brittany Cline and Sam Begley.
"We started off sluggish, and I'm sure the weather had a lot to do with that," Coach Andrea "Bug" Brown said. "But getting warmed up, getting used to some things that we changed was beneficial, so I think we're blessed with that win.
"That was the best Bryan Station team that I've ever coached against. He's done a really good job with improving that program, and I congratulated him on a really good season because they are learning the game very well from him."
He being Daniel Hacker, 3-16-2 in his first season.
"They're phenomenal, but we're crazy young and they're crazy mature," Hacker said. "I was happy. Just last week they beat us 9-0, so for us to only give up six. ... You don't talk about moral victories but for us to not get 'mercied' once this year, which is something that was the norm for this team in the past, is just something for us to build on."
Borman opened the scoring at 8:35, heading in a Madison Cox corner kick.
Coleman, from atop the semi-circle, made it 2-0 at 13:29
Borman, from the 18, scored at 28:01.
Coleman made it 4-0 with 28:22 left in the game.
Cline and Begley added the final goals.
"Our girls have got to have a great mind-set to come in tomorrow and play because Henry Clay's a very well-coached team," Brown said. "They're a good team, so we've got to bring our 'A' game tomorrow."
The shutout was Scott County's 11th of the year.
Henry Clay 2, Sayre 0
Goals — HC: Grace Whalen, Mary Ford Rodes.
Goalkeepers — HC: Ally Barfield. S: Emma Johnson.
Records: Henry Clay 10-7-1, Sayre 5-6-5.
Scott Co. 6, Bryan Station 0
Goals — SC: Keyli Borman 2, Maddie Coleman 2, Brittany Cline, Sam Begley.
Goalkeepers — SC: Michelle Washburn and Beth Schilder. BS: Rachel Mooney and Chelsea Anderson-Cooper.
Records: Scott Co. 18-1-1, Bryan Station 3-16-2.
Finals at Henry Clay
8 p.m.: Scott Co. vs. Henry Clay
Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.