Dunbar looked every bit the No. 1 team it is in the rankings Monday night, and No. 7 Woodford County was pretty sharp, too.
Dunbar rolled 5-1 over Scott County and Woodford County throttled Madison Southern 6-1 in the opening round of the boys' 11th Region soccer tournament at Lafayette.
Dunbar and Woodford advance to meet in the semifinals, Thursday at 6 p.m.
Dunbar 5, Scott Co. 1: Five Bulldogs scored in a dominating performance.
Dunbar (20-1-2) bolted to a 3-0 lead and was up 3-1 at halftime.
Jean-Samuel Poirier opened the scoring about four minutes in, and Riley Calhoon made it 2-0 with 27:36 left in the half.
Calhoon nearly headed in a corner kick, but goalie Brad Woodie punched the ball up and over the net. On the subsequent corner, by Nelson Ng, the ball curved away from Calhoon but he tracked it down near the 18, turned and fired on target.
Ricky Clemente made it 3-0, from about 11 yards out, with 25:16 left in the half.
Scott County's goal, with 6:05 left in the half, came from Cody Burke. Cameron Cool's pass set up the attack.
But it was Poirier who got things started when the Cardinals (13-4-1) failed to clear the ball.
Poirier, near the 18-yard line, capitalized on the error.
"It landed at my feet," he said. "I just one-touched it and it went in."
Luke Norris and Luis Galicia added second-half goals.
"We were lucky to get that start because they probably should have had three more goals," Dunbar Coach Todd Bretz said. "They hit two off the football crossbar and one off the goalpost. If we hadn't had that early start, we could have been in a lot of trouble."
With the early start, though, Bretz was able to substitute early and often.
"We made the first error on the clear and they capitalized on it, and didn't step to the ball on the next two," Scott County Coach James Dummer said. "We knew they could finish. ... We knew going in with the quality of team we couldn't afford to make mistakes in the back.
"We made those three early before we started to wake up and play. Once we responded and settled in, the game turned around."
Not enough, though.
Woodford Co. 6, Madison Southern 1: Clay Little and Zac Blaydes each scored twice for the Yellowjackets (16-3-2).
Isaac Hayes and Daniel Christian also found the net.
Woodford led 2-1 at halftime on goals by Little and Blaydes.
Southern's Tanner Kidwell tallied in the final minute.
Woodford Coach Fonyam Atanga didn't think his team was especially sharp.
"That's the worst we've played in probably 10 games, to be honest," he said.
Not that there was a scare.
"It wasn't (scary) for me because I knew we could bounce back from — I hate to say a shaky start because we went ahead two goals early," he said. "I think we went to sleep because we thought it was going to be that easy, and maybe there was a little bit of 'OK, maybe we've already done what we had to do and let's start looking ahead.'
"Might have been a little bit of that despite the fact that we've warned them against that. ... But I was never really concerned, to be honest, just because I've seen this team fight through adversity all season and I knew they were going to make good of it in the end."
Little scored about five minutes into the second half for a 3-1 Woodford edge.
About five minutes later, Hayes made it 4-1. Christian and Blaydes followed in short order for a 6-1 lead.
"They've got a lot of outstanding players," said James T. Ray, coach of the Eagles (13-6-1). "Two-one at halftime, pretty happy. I thought we could have had one or two more on a set piece or two that we missed. They came out and took advantage of their opportunities the second half and were able to put a few in on us."
Paul Dunbar 5, Scott County 1
Goals — SC: Cody Burke; PD: Jean Poirier, Riley Calhoon, Ricky Clemente, Luke Norris, Luis Galicia. Goalkeepers — SC: Brad Woodie; PD: Nick Clark and Josiah Farley. Records — SC: 13-4-1; PD: 20-1-2.
Woodford Co. 6, Madison Southern 1
Goals — MS: Tanner Kidwell; WC: Clay Little 2, Zac Blaydes 2, Isaac Hayes, Daniel Christian. Goalkeepers — MS: Elijah Sexton; WC: Esteban Favetto. Records — MS: 13-6-1; WC: 16-3-2.
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