Lexington Christian and Paul Laurence Dunbar played contrasting games Monday but got the same result.
Both won in the first round of the girls' 27th District soccer tournament at Lafayette.
LCA, held scoreless for two 40-minute halves and two five-minute overtimes, edged Lafayette 3-2 in a shootout.
Dunbar overpowered East Jessamine in regulation, 5-1.
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Dunbar will meet second-seeded Lexington Catholic in Tuesday's 6 p.m. match. LCA will face top seed West Jessamine in the nightcap.
LCA 1, Lafayette 0 (SO): Katelin Bundy stopped three of five attempts in the shootout to lock up the win.
Her best save came on the first shot, which Lafayette's Mandy Daniel had targeted for the low right corner.
"Hadn't read her eyes, couldn't really tell," Bundy said of her diving stop. "That was a complete guess, but the rest of them, I knew where they were going."
Fourth-seeded LCA (10-8-1) got the decisive goal from Hannah Treadway, who made it 3-2 through four rounds.
Bundy, who stopped Margaret Kelly in the fourth round, stoned Laura Westneat in the fifth to end it.
Eagles Coach Steve Fugmann, who guided LCA to the state finals last year, was a gracious winner.
"We were on their end a fair amount," he said. "But I've got to give their coach and their players a ton of credit. They have come so far from last year, it's amazing. I told their coach, he's coach of the year as far as I'm concerned."
Bryson Perry took over a team that was 2-12-5 last year. The Generals, seeded fifth in the district, wound up 10-8-3.
"We wanted to gain respectability, and I think we have over the year," Perry said. "And my girls played tough. Lost to a (state) runner-up."
As for Tuesday's test against West Jessamine, Fugmann said, "normally I'd feel pretty good, but we are a real beat-up team right now. And we may be a tired team, too, after all this. We're going to go out fighting. We'll see what we have (Tuesday) night."
Paul Dunbar 5, East Jessamine 1: The Lady Bulldogs picked up steam and poured it on to take the opener.
"Slow start, slow start," Coach Emily Coleman said. "I guess it takes a little subbing, a little working around, talking to them, try to get them motivated and up their game. A slow start — it's not what I want coming out in that district tournament."
The third-seeded Bulldogs (13-6-1) got going when Abby Kovacs popped in an open-net rebound 6½ minutes in.
Margot Schenning made it 2-0 from 17 yards straight out, with 13:34 left in the half, thanks to a nice assist.
"Petra Arnold, she's my girl," Schenning said of her accomplice. "It was awesome. It was a good through ball, (I) split the defense and looked up. Right corner was open."
The sixth-seeded Lady Jaguars (13-8-1) halved the deficit with 41 seconds left in the half. Taylor Pence found the net, cleaning up a loose ball off of Devon Burnside's corner kick.
Dunbar added second-half goals by Laurel Noe, Madeline Walter and Kristina Watkins.
East had a couple of chances, but goalkeeper Kyndall Lanter was up to the task.
"We played with a lot of heart and desire," East Coach DeAngelo Wiser said. "We attacked the goal very well. We just didn't convert on some chances, which I thought could have balanced the game out. We had a lot of trouble dealing with Dunbar's overall speed."
Paul Dunbar 5, East Jessamine 1
Goals—EJ: Taylor Pence; L: Abby Kovacs, Margot Schenning, Laurel Noe, Madeline Walter, Kristina Watkins. Goalkeepers—EJ: Courtney Griffith and Heather Welch; L: Kyndall Lanter.
Records: E. Jessamine 13-8-1; Paul Dunbar 13-6-1.
Lexington Christian 1, Lafayette 0 (SO)
Goalkeepers—L: Kate Heinonen LCA: Katelin Bundy.
Records: Lafayette 10-8-3; Lexington Christian 10-8-1.