A free kick in the fourth minute was the difference-maker between Henry Clay and Paul Laurence Dunbar, the city’s top two boys’ soccer teams.
Dunbar, ranked third in the state according to the latest Maher Rankings, got a 1-0 victory at No. 4 Heny Clay thanks to a free kick from the top of the box by junior Eddy Andrade. Pedro Jimenez, also a junior, drew a foul on Henry Clay’s Henry Mcfarlan, who was issued a yellow card that resulted in the free-kick attempt.
Each team had some chances the rest of the way — Henry Clay was a softer rebound away from tying the contest with about 20 minutes to play — but neither capitalized against the other’s defense.
“Both teams were going at it 100 percent,” Dunbar Coach Todd Bretz said. “This is about as close as you’ll get to a postseason game to a regular season.”
The Bulldogs improved to 5-0-1, the tie coming against No. 5 Ryle (4-0-1) in their second game of the season. The result was the first non-win for the Blue Devils, who fell to 6-1.
Dunbar travels to Evansville Memorial, ranked fourth in Indiana, this weekend. Henry Clay’s next game is at No. 15 Madison Central on Thursday before traveling to Ryle on Saturday.