With the 42nd District finals matching Scott County and host Henry Clay, one school was sure to get a title Thursday.
As it turned out, both schools got one.
Henry Clay's boys prevailed 3-2, before Scott County's girls scored a 2-0 victory.
Both the district champs and runner-ups will advance to 11th Region play.
Blue Devils rally in boys' title game
Henry Clay 3, Scott Co. 2: The Blue Devils scored twice in 2½ minutes to rally from a 2-1 deficit.
"We've been down multiple times this year," Coach Tim Bernardi said. "We, for some reason, give up the early goal and then try to pick ourselves back up. So we've been down and knew what to expect."
Scott County (13-3-1) matched the Devils step for step in a foul-filled, physical match that saw four yellow cards and, in the last minute, one red card handed out.
"I thought we played really hard," Bernardi said. "We knew it was going to be a physical match after playing them earlier in the season. I thought our guys came out ready to play."
Henry Clay (11-5-3) opened the scoring 15:08 into the match when Thomas Ueland, about 10 yards off the end line, took a pass from Collin Rose and found room inside the far post.
Scott County's equalizer came from long distance. Jarrod Franchino sent a 35-yard bomb just over the outstretched hands of goalie Itai Kumengissa and just under the crossbar with 12:28 left in the half.
Both teams missed other scoring chances.
Henry Clay's Iddi Kaumba sent a shot from the right wing just wide and across the goal mouth, about a minute before Ueland scored.
And Kumengissa came up huge when he snagged a hard shot off the foot of Jackson Napier with 14 minutes left.
The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead with 19:05 left, when Wesley Holt fought through traffic and got off a shot from the right wing.
The lead didn't last long.
Zach Wolfe was on the back doorstep to clean up a rebound and tie the match with 15:31 left.
With 13:17 remaining, Braxton Burton took a pass from Ueland well into the penalty box and launched a winning shot from the left wing just inside the far post.
"It took a lot of passing to get there," Burton said. "When I got the ball, I just decided to turn. I was looking across to see if there was anybody on the other side, but I just took a rip and it went in."
"It's one of those things that just happens," Cardinals Coach James Dummer said of Henry Clay's two quick goals. "You've got a guy standing behind your goalie who scores — he's offsides. That happens, but it's one of those things. You've got to play between the lines, and the ref saw it a different way."
2nd-straight girls' title
No. 3 Scott Co. 2, No. 24 Henry Clay 0: Keyli Borman scored both goals as Scott County won its second straight district title.
"I'm not a big fan of the cold," Borman said of a bone-chilling night, "but can get through it."
She gave the Cardinals (19-1-1) a 1-0 halftime lead.
Her shot from about 30 yards straight out glanced off the goalkeeper's hands and into the net 7:44 into the match.
Second half, Borman made it 2-0 with 37:04 left to play.
"Brittany (Cline) played a really good ball," Borman said. "She made a really good run down the side. I like working with her."
"We played really hard. I'm very proud of them, proud of this special group of girls," Cards Coach Andrea "Bug" Brown said. "Some things we still have to tweak, like finishing. ... But defense, to pitch a shutout against a really good team, I'll take it. Defense played phenomenal. (Goalkeeper) Michelle Washburn played really well."
Said Mebit Aragaw, coach of the Blue Devils (10-8-1): "There's a reason they're No. 3. Just give them credit. They had a good game plan; it worked. We'll see how it goes next week."
Henry Clay 3, Scott Co. 2
Goals — SC; Jarrod Franchino, Wesley Holt; HC: Thomas Ueland, Zach Wolfe, Braxton Burton. Goalkeepers — SC; Brad Woodie; HC: Itai Kumengissa. Records — SC; 13-3-1; HC: 12-5-3.
Scott Co. 2, Henry Clay 0
Goals — SC; Keylie Borman 2. Goalkeepers — SC; Michelle Washburn; HC: Ally Barfield. Records — SC; 19-1-1; HC: 10-8-1.
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