When a team has not only played its opponent in the regular season, but also wins easily, a coach often worries that his players might not take their opponent seriously enough when the post-season begins.
Not Lexington Catholic Coach Greg Hilvers.
He had no worries even though the Knights had topped Lexington Christian 6-0 in their first game, he knew Catholic and its 13 seniors would take care of business.
They did, winning out 4-0 in the first round of the 27th District Tournament at LCA on Monday night.
"I was very impressed with the maturity of this group," Hilvers said of his No. 23 Knights. "We kept our composure and our concentration. In a 'must win' situation, it's sometimes difficult to be composed and I thought they did a really good job of that."
In Tuesday's semifinals, the Knights will attempt to avenge an early season loss to fourth-ranked East Jessamine.
The other semifinals will be West Jessamine versus No. 18 Paul Dunbar.
The Colts topped Lafayette 5-0 in the second game Monday.
In the Catholic win, the Knights got on the board midway through the first half on a Hunter Hamilton shot from close range.
With eight minutes to go in the first half, Chris Greb popped in a corner kick to make it 2-0 Catholic at the half. Greb added a second goal with 15 minutes remaining in the game.
Trip Stephens also scored for the Knights, who recorded their ninth shutout of the season and held the Eagles to just one shot on goal.
West Jessamine 5, Lafayette 0: The defending district champion Colts scored just one minute into the game and then twice more in the first half to put the game out of reach.
The Colts, who have won six of their last seven games, notched their eighth shutout of the season.
Senior Ryan Moberley scored the first one for West and added a second goal later. Junior Adam Howard added two goals of his own. Craig Moberley rounded out the scoring.
The Colts pestered Lafayette's Alex Moody all night, but the senior goalkeeper still had eight saves in the loss.
It was the most goals given up in one game this season by the Generals, who had allowed just 20 goals total until Monday night.
Paul Dunbar, which has given up just 11 goals this season, topped West Jessamine 2-0 in late August.
In the district semifinals last year, the Colts dropped the Bulldogs in extra periods on a forced own goal.
Lexington Catholic 4, Lexington Christian 0
Goals—Chris Greb 2, Hunter Hamilton, Trip Stephens. Goalkeepers—LC: Matt Wagner; LCA: R.T. Pope.
Records: Lexington Catholic 9-6-2, Lexington Christian 4-11-3.
West Jessamine 5, Lafayette 0
Goals—Ryan Moberley 2, Adam Howard 2, Craig Moberley. Goalkeepers—WJ: Chad Moberley; L: Alex Moody.
Records: West Jessamine 12-5, Lafayette 4-8-5.