The Henry Clay boys’ soccer team wasted no time punching a ticket to the 42nd District finals, scoring two early goals on their way to a 5-0 rout of Sayre on Monday.
The No. 1 seed Blue Devils, who are hosting the tournament, got two goals apiece from Nick Whitehouse and Will Shapiro and another score from Ethan MacGillivray.
Henry Clay’s first goal came eight minutes into the game on Whitehouse’s successful penalty kick after he was tackled from behind in the box. Whitehouse gave the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead about 10 minutes later when forward Trustun Ashburn dribbled past two defenders then hit him with a long pass that he sent into the back of the net.
“When you can score goals early like that it opens up the game. That allowed us to press them and not sit back. Getting those early goals allowed the game to open up for us,” said Henry Clay head coach Jason Behler.
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Sayre’s Will Newton drew his second yellow card late in the first half and was disqualified, giving the Blue Devils an 11-on-10 advantage the rest of the game.
Behler said that Ashburn’s energy was key to the Blue Devils’ fast start.
“ Trustun’s work rate up top really set the tone from the get-go,” he said. “He was putting their defenders under a lot of pressure. He played an exceptional game.”
Scott County tops Bryan Station in shootout
After the Cardinals and Defenders fought to a scoreless stalemate in regulation, Scott County won a penalty kick shootout to knock off Bryan Station and advance to the 42nd District finals against Henry Clay at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The Cardinals and Blue Devils tied 1-1 at Henry Clay on Sept. 20 in their only meeting of the regular season.
LCA Boys advance to semifinals
The Lexington Christian boys’ soccer team earned its first 43rd District Tournament win since 2008, knocking off Tates Creek 2-1 on the Commodores’ home field to set up a semifinal date with Lafayette on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The No. 1 seed Generals topped the Eagles 2-1 at LCA on Sept. 22. Paul Dunbar takes on Lexington Catholic in the second semifinal at 8 p.m.
LCA girls clip Lafayette
The Lexington Christian girls’ soccer team advanced to the 43rd District semifinals, knocking off tournament host Lafayette 2-1 on Monday night to sweep the season series with the Generals.
Lexi Sheely and Riley Fairchild each had goals for the Eagles, while Lindi DeBilzan scored for Lafayette. LCA draws No. 1 seed Lexington Catholic in Tuesday’s first semifinal matchup at 6 p.m. The Knights beat the Eagles 4-1 on Sept. 19. Paul Dunbar and Tates Creek face off in the second semifinal at 8 p.m.
HENRY CLAY 5, SAYRE 0
Goals—H: Whitehouse 2, Shapiro 2, MacGillivray 1.
Goalkeepers—H: Gregory, Cole. S: Goodman.
Records: Henry Clay 9-9-1, Sayre 4-10.