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Ready, soccer fans? Lexington hosts five straight nights of playoff action

Dunbar soccer wins over Lafayette

The Thursday game between 43rd district rival Lafayette and Dunbar ended in 2-2 regulation tie with Dunbar winning in the shootout.
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The Thursday game between 43rd district rival Lafayette and Dunbar ended in 2-2 regulation tie with Dunbar winning in the shootout.

This week couldn’t be better for high school soccer fans in Lexington, where multiple postseason games are scheduled to be played each night Monday through Friday.

The 42nd District and 43rd District boys’ and girls tournaments will each send two representatives to each of their respective 11th Region tournaments, which will be held at Madison Southern (boys) and Lexington Christian Academy (girls) next week.

Bryan Station hosts both 42nd District events, which get underway Tuesday. The 43rd District boys’ tournament begins Monday at Lexington Catholic while the girls’ tournament starts Monday at Paul Laurence Dunbar.

All four regular-season district champs — Henry Clay (42nd boys), Frederick Douglass (42nd girls), Dunbar (43rd boys) and Lexington Catholic (43rd girls) — went 4-0 against their district opponents to secure the No. 1 seed in their district tournaments. They’ll each play the winner of a 4-5 matchup in the semifinals, which will determine a region berth.

Three of the four top seeds are regular contenders. Douglass’ girls, who went 1-18-2 and 1-4 against district foes in its inaugural season, added a dose of fresh air to the area’s postseason outlook. The Broncos will play either Bryan Station or Sayre in the semifinals; they defeated Station 8-0 but had to go to a shootout against the Spartans earlier this year. Henry Clay and Scott County meet in the other semifinal.

Henry Clay’s boys did not produce a winning record through the regular season but didn’t not allow a goal to any of their district foes. The Blue Devils will play either Douglass or Sayre in the semifinals. Second-seeded Bryan Station, looking for its first region berth in program history, meets Scott County in the semifinal round. The Defenders boast the region’s top-scoring offense with 76 goals this season.

Four of the state’s best teams play in the boys’ 43rd District. Dunbar, ranked sixth in the state and tops in Lexington, will face either No. 12 Tates Creek or Lexington Christian Academy in the semifinals Wednesday. No. 9 Lexington Catholic, last year’s 11th Region champ, will get No. 13 Lafayette in the other semifinal.

Lexington Catholic, the three-time defending 11th Region girls’ champion and ranked fifth in the state, awaits the winner of a 4-5 game between LCA — runner-up in the All “A” Classic state tournament — and Lafayette, which put together its first winning season since 2011. Dunbar, the No. 2 and ranked ahead of Catholic in the state at No. 2, gets No. 19 Dunbar for a loser-goes-home matchup for the third consecutive postseason.

District tournament schedule

42ND BOYS AT BRYAN STATION

Tuesday, Oct. 10

First round: Frederick Douglass (7-8-1) vs. Sayre (6-10), 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 12

Semifinals: Henry Clay (6-7-3) vs. Douglass-Sayre winner, 6:30 p.m.; Bryan Station (13-4-1) vs. Scott County (9-7-1), 8:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13

Championship: Semifinal winners, 8:15 p.m.

42ND GIRLS AT BRYAN STATION

Tuesday, Oct. 9

First round: Sayre (9-10) vs. Bryan Station (2-14), 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Semifinals: Frederick Douglass (13-6-1) vs. Sayre-Station winner, 6:30 p.m.; Henry Clay (7-5-3) vs. Scott County (6-11-1), 8:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 12

Championship: Semifinal winners, 6:30 p.m.

43RD BOYS AT LEXINGTON CATHOLIC

Monday, Oct. 8

Tates Creek (8-4-1) vs. Lexington Christian Academy (7-10-1), 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Semifinals: Paul Laurence Dunbar (11-3-2) vs. Creek-LCA winner, 6 p.m. Lafayette (13-3-3) vs. Lexington Catholic (13-4), 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Championship: Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.

43RD GIRLS AT PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR

Monday, Oct. 8

Lafayette (10-6-2) vs. Lexington Christian Academy (8-10-1), 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Semifinals: Paul Laurence Dunbar (13-2-1) vs. Tates Creek (11-6-3), 6 p.m.; Lexington Catholic (12-5-2) vs. Lafayette-LCA winner, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Championship: Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

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