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Goooooooal! Postseason soccer gets underway next week in Lexington

LexCath's Kennedy Tranter shoots on goal to score her second goal in the first half against Assumption during the Lady Knights Challenge Cup on the pitch at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Weds., September 17, 2014. Photo by Matt Goins
LexCath's Kennedy Tranter shoots on goal to score her second goal in the first half against Assumption during the Lady Knights Challenge Cup on the pitch at Lexington Catholic in Lexington, Ky., Weds., September 17, 2014. Photo by Matt Goins Herald-Leader

The 42nd and 43rd District soccer tournaments begin Monday.

Both the boys’ and girls’ 42nd District events will be held at Toyota Stadium in Georgetown. The boys’ 43rd District will be hosted by Paul Laurence Dunbar, the district’s top-seeded team, while the girls’ 43rd District will take place at Lexington Christian.

Henry Clay is the top seed in both 42nd District tournaments. The boys, rated a slight third in the state (16.80) behind Collegiate (16.82) and St. Xavier (16.81) in the most recent Maher Rankings, have lost only two games this season — to No. 4 Dunbar and Dublin Coffman (Ohio). The Henry Clay girls, rated third behind Sacred Heart and Owensboro Catholic, have only lost to No. 5 West Jessamine and No. 6 Dunbar.

All four tournaments kick off Monday with first-round games pitting fourth-seeded teams against fifth-seeded teams. In the 42nd District, both 4-5 matchups will pit No. 4 Frederick Douglass teams against fifth-seeded Sayre teams. Both Frederick Douglass teams, in their inaugural years, defeated Sayre in the regular season. The winners from each of those games will play Henry Clay (the girls at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, the boys at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday).

Both 2-3 games in the 42nd District events match host Scott County, the No. 2 seed in each field, against three-seed Bryan Station. Those games will be played at 8 p.m. Tuesday (girls) and 8 p.m. Wednesday (boys). The 42nd District finals are scheduled for Thursday, beginning with the girls’ game at 6:15 p.m. with the boys’ championship to follow.

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Henry Clay midfielder Nafiz Budieri #23 battles Paul Laurence Dunbar backs Clay Rains #22 and Kobie Irish #3 during the boy's soccer match at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Michael Reaves

The 4-5 contest in both 43rd District events features Lafayette and Lexington Christian. The Generals, the No. 4 seed in the boys’ field, are ranked 25th in the state after finishing the regular season on a five-game win streak. Their only win in district play was a 1-0 decision at LCA on Sept. 19.

LCA’s girls are close to the top 25 with a No. 30 overall position in the Maher Rankings. The fourth-seeded Eagles defeated Lafayette on the road earlier this week for their only district victory. Whoever wins this game will take on No. 14 Lexington Catholic, the three-time defending district champions, in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The girls’ 2-3 semifinal between Paul Laurence Dunbar and Tates Creek is the only guaranteed matchup between top-25 teams among all four tournaments. Dunbar won a 2-0 game at home against the No. 23 Commodores, against whom they’ve won six straight matches going back to the 2014 season.

The boys’ 43rd District 2-3 matchup, slated for 8 p.m. Tuesday, is almost a top-25 pairing. It matches No. 14 Lexington Catholic against Tates Creek, sitting just outside of the top 25 in the 26th spot.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

42nd District soccer tournament

At Toyota Stadium, Georgetown

BOYS

Monday, Oct. 9: Frederick Douglass vs. Sayre, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 11: Henry Clay vs. Monday’s winner, 6:15 p.m.; Scott County vs. Bryan Station, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 12: Finals, 8 p.m.

GIRLS

Monday, Oct. 9: Frederick Douglass vs. Sayre, 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 10: Henry Clay vs. Monday’s winner, 6:15 p.m.; Scott County vs. Bryan Station, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 12: Finals, 6:15 p.m.

43rd District soccer tournament

BOYS

At Paul Laurence Dunbar

Monday, Oct. 9: Lafayette vs. Lexington Christian, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 10: Paul Laurence Dunbar vs. Monday’s winner, 6 p.m.; Lexington Catholic vs. Tates Creek, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 12: Finals, 7 p.m.

GIRLS

At Lexington Christian Academy

Monday, Oct. 9: Lexington Christian vs Lafayette, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 10: Lexington Catholic vs. Monday’s winner, 6 p.m.; Paul Laurence Dunbar vs. Tates Creek, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 12: Finals, 7 p.m.

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