GEORGETOWN — Thursday turned out to be a big night for both Henry Clay's soccer boys and girls, each playing in the 42nd District finals at Toyota Stadium.
Both district finalists advance to next week's 11th Region tournaments — boys at Madison Central and girls at Lexington Catholic.
No. 4 Henry Clay 3, Scott County 0: Amie Mabika opened the scoring with 25:47 left in the period, sticking a penalty kick in the lower left corner.
About six minutes later, a Zach Wolfe pass set up Braxton Burton for a one-on-one chance. Burton deked past the goalkeeper and fired into an open net for a 2-0 lead.
"A beautiful pass from Zach, and great touch, got around the goalie, scored," Burton said. "But I have to give it all to Zach. It was a great pass."
The Blue Devils (16-1-2) went up 3-0 with 2:53 left, thanks to an own goal.
"I thought we played really well," Henry Clay Coach Tim Bernardi said. "I thought we had a really good first half. Because of our possession style and managed to generate some goals, and that's kind of what we've been focusining on. Not only doing the possession style, but being able to finish.
"We got those goals in the first half and then the second half we kind of just sat back, just a management type thing. We knew Scott County was going to be no quit in them. I thought they worked extremely hard throughout the whole game."
The Cardinals (10-7-1) just missed taking an early 1-0 lead. Jackson Napier tucked a rebound shot into the goal but was called for being offsides.
"When you spot them easy goals, it's hard to come back." Scott County Coach James Dummer said.
Henry Clay played a second straight game without the services of a key cog in Thomas Ueland.
"Thomas, in the last game of the season, slightly rolled an ankle so we've kind of been letting him rest until he's 100 percent," Bernardi said. "... And it gives us even more depth, get some players some minutes that we can count on. Hopefully, he'll be ready to go next week."
Dummer was glad to see his team pick things up after a disastrous start.
"A couple things went the wrong way at the beginning and they played 0-0 the second half," he said. "So they stepped it up toward the end. Once things settled down. It's just when stuff goes bad, it goes bad."
As for the region, Scott County will be matched against a district champion.
"Now you go through the ones," Dummer said. "But pretty much the time you get to this, the region that we're in, everybody could be easily a No. 1."
No. 15 Henry Clay 2, No. 10 Scott Co. 0: Mary Ford Rodes scored on a bomb from about 30 yards out with 18:54 left in the half.
Gibbs McKinley added a one-on-one tally with 5:07 to play.
Scott County (11-6-4) just missed halving the deficit, burying a shot just after the buzzer sounded to end the half.
Henry Clay (11-4-4) lost 2-0 to the Cardinals during the regular season.
"I think we played great tonight, especially in the first half," Coach Mebit Aragaw said. "I feel like we dominated the game and we played the game on their side of the field; That's what created a chance for us. Everyone played defense and we passed the ball well. ... I'm happy with every single player."
Henry Clay 3, Scott County 0
42nd District boys' finals at Georgetown
Goals — HC: Amie Mabika, Braxton Burton, own goal. Goalkeepers — SC: Brad Woodie; HC: David Vasquez. Records — Scott County 10-7-1; Henry Clay 16-1-2.
All-tournament team — Will Newton and Sebastian Calmes, Sayre; Carter Penegor and Michael Carbajal, Bryan Station; Johnathan Rase, Jarrod Franchino and Phillip Combs, Scott Co.; Braxton Burton, Logan Cox, Collin Rose and Zach Wolfe, Henry Clay.
Henry Clay 2, Scott County 0
42nd District girls' finals at Georgetown
Goals — HC: Mary Ford Rodes, Gibbs McKinley. Goalkeepers — HC: Ally Barfield; SC: Michelle Washburn. Records — Henry Clay 11-4-4; Scott County 11-6-4.
All-tournament team — Kate Johnson and Meg Croney-Clark, Sayre; Korie Yates and Molly Marchaterre, Bryan Station; Maddie Coleman, Keylie Borman and Nylan Moore, Scott Co.; Mary Ford Rodes, Brett Edwards, Lauren Higgins and Gibbs McKinley, Henry Clay.