The 2009 girls' KHSAA State Soccer Tournament finals were so good there will be an encore performance.
Sacred Heart and Notre Dame scored semifinal victories on a rainy Thursday night at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, setting up a rematch of the 2009 finals.
Sacred Heart won that one, 1-0, in a shootout.
Thursday, Notre Dame knocked off West Jessamine 4-1, after Sacred Heart blanked Bowling Green 3-0.
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Saturday's finals doubleheader will have St. Xavier facing Ryle for boys' honors at 5 p.m, followed by Sacred Heart vs. Notre Dame.
"We haven't seen them yet this season," Notre Dame Coach Sara Raaker-McSorley said, "so this should be a fun matchup this Saturday."
Sacred Heart will be trying for its fourth title in five years. The Valkyries won three in a row, starting in 2007.
Notre Dame, which has won 15 matches in a row, won its only state title in 2004. The Pandas were runners-up in 1997, '99 and 2009.
No. 2 Notre Dame 4, No. 15 West Jessamine 1: Sydney Scheben scored a pair of goals to pace the Pandas.
"We've had a focus since the beginning of the season and I think that ... it's been strong throughout, especially throughout this post-season," Sara Raaker-McSorley said. "It really helped when things got a little crazy and things got a little hectic. We were able to just calm down and organize."
Notre Dame (23-3-0) scored 2:45 into the match, the lone goal of the first half.
Scheben posted her 23rd goal of the season, using her head to flick Ellyn Abdelghany's crossed ball past keeper Rebekah Hulsing.
The Lady Colts (19-7-2) mustered only one first-half shot, by Kathryn Hale, with 8:20 left. Olivia Voskuhl made the save.
At 47:02, Notre Dame's Meghan Reed ran down a ball just before it got to the end line, to the left side of the goal. She played the ball across the top of the goal box for Scheben, who had a wide-open back side.
West got on the scoreboard 6½ minutes later.
Danielle Chanda tracked a rebound and roofed a shot from 10 yards straight out for her sixth goal of the year.
Chandler Clark restored the two-goal margin for the Pandas, drilling a shot from close range for her 20th goal of the season at 66:33.
Abdelghany made it 4-1 at 70:59.
"We played a great team, Notre Dame," Lady Colts Coach Kevin Wright said. "They're just solid — juniors and seniors. But I'm so proud of my squad. We won 19 games, third region championship in five years."
All four of his seniors — Hale, Jenna Bird, Hana Henderson and Maddie Lockridge — are college bound.
No. 12 Sacred Heart 3, No. 24 Bowling Green 0: "It's a cold night, but I'm feeling pretty warm right now," winning coach Chris Moore said. "I'm really proud of the girls. We've really come through in the post-season and keep going, and it's awesome to have another shot at a state title."
Sacred Heart (13-10-3) led 1-0 at halftime, holding the Purples without a shot to that point, then scored twice in a span of 1:35 to put the game away.
Caroline Wistrom accounted for the first two goals, bringing her season total to 16.
The first, 8:44 in, came when she beat Keely Vincent to a rebound and lifted the ball over the keeper.
Then came the second-half quick strikes.
Sara Herbert's pass set up a one-on-one chance at 59:28, and Wistrom slipped a shot under Vincent.
Eleanor Gabriel scored unassisted at 61:03, her 11th goal of the season.
Valkyries keeper Corinne Peabody, earning her 13th shutout, stoned Tori Dillard with 6:15 left. That was the only shot on goal for Bowling Green (19-4-2) against a defense that was anchored on the back line by Mary Kate Schmidt.
Notre Dame 4, West Jessamine 1
Goals (assists) — WJ: Danielle Chanda; ND: Sydney Scheben (Ellyn Abdelghany), Scheben (Meghan Reed), Chandler Clark, Abdelghany (Erica Meier).
Goalkeepers — WJ: Rebekah Hulsing; ND: Olivia Voskuhl.
Records — West Jessamine 19-7-2; Notre Dame 23-3-0.
Sacred Heart 3, Bowling Green 0
Goals (assists) — Caroline Wistrom; Wistrom (Sara Herbert), Eleanor Gabriel.
Goalkeepers — SHA: Corinne Peabody; BG: Keely Vincent and Meredith Jordan.
Records — Sacred Heart 13-10-3; Bowling Green 19-4-2.