Lindsay Elsen scored one for the school of hard knocks Tuesday, and for Henry Clay.
Elsen's goal with 13:18 left was the difference as No. 24 Henry Clay edged No. 20 Woodford County 1-0 in the girls' 11th Region soccer tournament at Bryan Station.
Defending state champion Tates Creek, ranked No. 2, hammered Madison Southern 8-0 in the nightcap.
Thursday's semifinals will match No. 3 Scott County versus Dunbar at 6:15 p.m., followed by Henry Clay against Tates Creek.
Henry Clay 1, Woodford Co. 0: About five minutes after scoring, Elsen had a head-to-head collision with Woodford's Lindsey Sizemore.
Both players left the match, although Sizemore soon returned. Elsen watched the final minutes from the bench but later said she is OK.
"I thought I had a concussion at first, but it was just the side of my face. ... No lost teeth, thank goodness," Elsen said. "I think that's the first thing I said: Did I lose any teeth?"
The Blue Devils (11-8-1) outshot Woodford 7-3 in a scoreless first half.
The best scoring chance came when the Devils' Margaret Cashman broke into the penalty box and fired from about 15 yards out. Stella Adams made a diving save with about 2:20 left in the half.
Woodford packed in on defense, at times playing five across the back line.
"We dominated the game," Henry Clay Coach Mebit Aragaw said. "We tried to keep the ball on their side of the field and we did a great job. It just took us awhile to score. And we got lucky — I didn't expect us to score on an outside shot. The more we pushed in, I was hoping to get a through ball."
But Elsen found a crack in the wall from far outside, launching a bomb from about 30 yards out.
"That's where my sweet spot is, on the outside," she said. "I knew that I had to take outside shots. They have a pretty solid defensive line, and that's how I scored on them freshman year, too, that outside shot."
"She carried us all season, and she's done it again," Aragaw said. "I'm happy she's all right at this point."
Woodford wound up a 13-7 season.
"It was an extremely tough battle," Coach Nicole Markert said. "We knew they were going to come out and play really hard. Lindsay Elsen is a great competitor and she has a phenomenal shot, and she got it in the top corner on us, put some spin on the ball. It was a great shot."
Tates Creek 8, Madison Southern 0: Mallory Eubanks, JoJo Gullo and Ashley Whaley scored two goals each.
"I thought the girls had the right frame of mind coming into tonight's game," Coach Bo Lankster said. "They were focused. They were ready. They understand it's at this point an elimination tournament, so (if) we lose we're done.
"We have a very tough opponent in Henry Clay next. We always have a battle against them. They're one of our city rivals, and it's going to be a tough match."
The Commodores (17-4-3) led 6-0 at halftime behind two goals each by Gullo and Whaley. Eubanks had a goal and three assists. Alex Tussey had the other goal.
It was more of the same in the second half as Eubanks and Sydney Isaacs found the net.
"We know everybody in the post-season is going to come out and give their hardest, so we've got to be prepared for every game," Eubanks said. "We didn't take this game lightly at all. ... We had to come out and take care of business."
The Eagles ended their season at 7-12-2.
Henry Clay 1, Woodford Co. 0
Goals—HC: Lindsay Elsen. Goalkeepers—HC: Ally Barfield; WC: Stella Adams.
Records—HC: 11-8-1 WC: 13-7.
Tates Creek 8, Madison Southern 0
Goals—TC: JoJo Gullo 2, Mallory Eubanks 2, Ashley Whaley 2, Alex Tussey, Sydney Isaacs. Goalkeepers — MS: Krystyn Murphy; TC: Katherine Hein.
Records—MS: 7-12-2; TC: 17-4-3.
11th Region Tournament
Thursday's semifinals at Bryan Station
6:15 p.m.: Scott Co. vs. Dunbar
8:15 p.m.: Henry Clay vs. Tates Creek
Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.