A bit of city pride was at stake Wednesday in a girls' soccer matchup at Henry Clay.
Alyssa Montgomery scored the lone goal as No. 17 Paul Dunbar scored a 1-0 bragging-rights victory over No. 18 Henry Clay.
"It's a solid win for us," Montgomery said. "It's not a district game, but it is a city game, and we came out here and proved who we were and made our place in the city."
Dunbar (11-5) won its second game in a row and for the fourth time in five matches.
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"Henry Clay's a fantastic team," Dunbar Coach Tom Morgan said. "You really have to show up and play your best soccer to pull out a win against them."
In a scoreless first half, Dunbar had an early chance when Mimi Floreal just missed on one-touching a cross in front of the goal.
Henry Clay had the better looks, though, including a shot by Kristina Ralenkotter inside the penalty box about a minute before intermission. Morgan Tallio made the save.
It was left for Montgomery to break up the draw, with 30:31 left in the game.
"We adjusted in the second half, and we did a nice job of getting the space in the middle that we needed," Morgan said. "And we stopped panicking on the ball a little bit and started moving a little more, and got a nice opportunity off a great run from Mimi, and a nice finish from Alyssa Montgomery."
Montgomery fired from near the top left edge of the goal box.
"I just saw it coming across the goal," she said, "and I followed it backside, took a touch on a player and hit it back-post."
The Bulldogs' defense did the rest, keeping the Blue Devils (8-4-3) off the board.
"We just really played as a team tonight," defender Maddie Dawson said. "We talked well and we stepped really hard in the back. I'm just really proud of my girls."
Unofficially, Tallio made eight saves to get the shutout. Counterpart Ally Barfield had five strong saves to keep Henry Clay in the game.
"We did (play well) at one point, but that's been our biggest problem — we've never been consistent when it comes to offense," Henry Clay Coach Mebit Aragaw said. "So far our defense has been carrying us. But our offense — we didn't find the one goal we needed. It didn't come. But, tonight, it was one of those nights. We struggled to score.
"We weren't focused enough. That's our biggest problem all year round, just being consistent on offense. But let's give Tom credit. He's done a great job ... and they played a great game.
Henry Clay had won four in a row coming into the night.
"We can't live in our past," Aragaw said. "I don't know if we tried to take something for granted and they didn't take this game serious(ly), but we can not look back and just because we got a few good games won, we can't live on that. We've just got to get ready for the post-season.
Paul Dunbar 1, Henry Clay 0
Goal — PD: Alyssa Montgomery. Goalkeepers — PD: Morgan Tallio; HC: Ally Barfield. Records — Paul Dunbar 11-5; Henry Clay 8-4-3.