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Girls: Henry Clay, Sayre avenge losses

Payback rarely is more sweet than in the post-season.

Henry Clay and Sayre atoned for regular-season losses Tuesday night in the semifinals of the 26th District girls' soccer tournament at Bryan Station. Finals are set for Thursday night at 7.

Kayla Price got the shutout in goal and scored on a penalty kick as Henry Clay stunned No. 23 Tates Creek 1-0.

Sayre's Anne MacNeil and Devon Bradley took turns setting up each other for goals in the last 10 minutes of a 2-0 victory over Scott County.

Henry Clay 1, Tates Creek 0: Price was right as the Devils avenged a 2-0 loss, suffered two weeks earlier. The sophomore keeper was among several Devils to miss the first match because of injury.

Recovered from a concussion, Price stopped nine shots Tuesday and snuffed another dozen threats by cutting off crosses and corner kicks.

"I love playing goal these types of games," she said. "I love the action. It keeps me pumped up, and I'm ready to go."

Price also scored the only goal, converting a penalty kick 6:47 into the second half.

The PK came as a result of a foul on Commodores keeper Kat Murray.

Price buried the shot low and to her left, just as she practices every day.

"It just felt natural, going out and hitting it right were I practiced it," she said.

Said Mebit Aragan, coach of the Devils (9-5-2): "We were fortunate to beat a team like Tates Creek. They have a lot of talented players. Our players knew that this cannot be the last game, so they left everything out there."

"We knew what we wanted," said Cassie Ransdell, a senior forward. "We want to go to regionals. We came out and did what we wanted to."

Creek (11-8-0) outshot the Devils 15-6.

"I think we dominated that game. One unlucky call," Commodores Coach Amanda Christensen said. "That's how life goes. It's probably going to teach them, in the long run — you've got to do things immediately; (opportunity) is only here so long."

Sayre 2, Scott County 0: Sayre turned the tables on the Cardinals, who won 2-1 on Sept. 24.

The Spartans (13-4-2) outshot Scott County 22-7.

"Scott County was playing a defensive game, so I told my players 'Let's go offensive, because we have a lot of great speed up front,' " Sayre Coach Ansu Sirleaf said. "And to execute what we learned, especially counter attack, and utilizing our speed to open their weaknesses."

MacNeil, a junior, set up the first score, dribbling through the defense, then centering to Bradley in the penalty box. Keeper Cecily Larkin came out, but Bradley squeezed it through to the low left side of the net with 9:20 left.

Little more than two minutes later, Bradley sent a long ball to MacNeil for a breakaway goal.

Lauren Albert got the shutout in goal, making three saves.

Scott County (16-2-2) suffered its only other loss of the season on Sept. 12, 4-0 to Ryle.e_SClBHenry Clay 1, Tates Creek 0

Goal—HC: Kayla Price (pk). Goalkeepers—TC: Kathryn Murray; HC: Kayla Price. Records—Tates Creek 11-8-0; Henry Clay 9-5-2.

Sayre 2, Scott Co. 0

Goals—Sa: Devon Bradley, Anne MacNeil. Goalkeepers—SC: Cecily Larkin; Sa: Lauren Albert. Records—Scott Co. 16-2-2; Sayre 13-4-2.

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