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11th Region boys' soccer: Henry Clay defeats Tates Creek in overtime

Henry Clay's Zach Whitehouse, left, battled for a header in the quarterfinal round of the 11th region boys' soccer tournament in Richmond. The Blue Devils have won six games in a row.
Henry Clay's Zach Whitehouse, left, battled for a header in the quarterfinal round of the 11th region boys' soccer tournament in Richmond. The Blue Devils have won six games in a row. Herald-Leader

RICHMOND — Nick Dishion headed in a goal in sudden-death overtime Monday, vaulting Henry Clay past Tates Creek 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the boys' 11th Region soccer tournament.

Host team Madison Central advanced with a 1-0 victory over Franklin County, a match decided by penalty kicks.

Quarterfinals continue Tuesday night with Dunbar taking on Scott County at 6 p.m., followed by Woodford County versus Madison Southern. Semifinals are scheduled Thursday at 6 and 8 p.m.

No. 4 Henry Clay 1, No. 8 Tates Creek 0 (OT): Dishion scored off Collin Rose's corner kick, which came after a stoppage with seven seconds left in OT.

Dishion, who was mobbed by his teammates, had a hard time finding words to describe the play.

"I don't know," he said. "Coach tells us to attack the goal, we attack the goal. So that's what we did."

The Blue Devils (17-1-2), who have won six in a row, tied Tates Creek 2-2 during the regular season.

"At this point a win's a win, and survive and advance," winning coach Tim Bernardi said. "That's kind of the way we're taking it. I feel bad for Tates Creek, but I thought our guys worked extremely hard tonight and deserved to win."

Chances were few in the scoreless first half.

Creek's best look came when Jared Wilkins, off a corner kick, headed the ball on goal with 7½ minutes to play. David Vasquez went high to make the save.

About two minutes later, Dishion uncorked a low screamer from the 18, but Noah Dehart made a diving save.

Henry Clay standout Thomas Ueland, who missed the previous two games due to an ankle injury, came off the bench and played perhaps five minutes before reinjuring himself.

Second half, Vasquez stayed in the game after a hard collision with Creek's Edwin Garcia.

Vasquez went on to make outstanding stops on shots by Amadi Mubelela and Garcia.

"It was a challenge, but my team kept me in it," Vasquez said. "After I got hit and everything else, they encouraged me to stay in. ... They were doing their job. I figured I'd do mine."

Henry Clay's best second-half chance came on a missile by Rose from the 18, which glanced off the left post.

The Devils' winning corner-kick play was set up after a hard, long-range shot by Chris Hunt.

"I think both teams played with a lot of grit and a lot of heart," Bernardi said. "We've been working on set pieces and preaching on corner kicks, and try to get on the end of some corner kicks with our head. I don't know if that's what did it, but it's definitely been a point of emphasis in our classroom discussion."

The sudden ending was a bitter pill for Tates Creek (12-6-1).

"We played really well tonight and the guys left it out on the field," Commodores Coach Albert Gross said. "It's unfortunate that it had to end in that type scenario, but that's part of soccer and it is what it is. Henry Clay's a very good team and we knew it was going to take everything that we had to beat them. We came up just a hair short, and hats off to them. I hope they go on and do as well as they can. They're a good team."

In the mad celebration that followed the goal, Dishion was buried by his teammates.

"It felt great," he said. "I don't have any words."

Madison Central 1, Franklin County 0 (PK): After two scoreless 40-minute halves and two fruitless five-minute overtimes, this one came down to penalty kicks, with Central earning a 4-3 edge.

Central (17-4-1) was first to go, but Flyers goalie Adam Gehlhausen made a diving save of Luc Powell's attempt.

Franklin (10-10-2) took a 1-0 lead when Logan Harp converted.

In round two, Central's Dylan Hornsby scored. Then, Indians goalkeeper Levi Knutson made a diving save against Franklin's Siever Tandy.

Both teams scored in rounds three and four. Peyton Netherton and Brandon Carney found the net for Central, while Josh Baeza and David McIver countered for Franklin.

Caleb Crutcher put in what would be the decisive goal for Central in round five. Franklin's Patrick Melton fired high of the frame to bring the match to a close.

Central also beat Franklin County during the regular season, 2-1 on Sept. 11.

Henry clay 1, tates creek 0 (OT)

Goal — HC: Nick Dishion. Goalkeepers — TC: Noah Dehart; HC: David Vasquez.

Records: Henry Clay 17-1-2, Tates Creek 12-6-1.

Madison Central 1, Franklin County 0 (PK)

Penalty kick goals — FC: Logan Harp, Josh Baeza, David McIver; MC: Dylan Hornsby, Peyton Netherton, Brandon Carney, Caleb Crutcher, Goalkeepers — FC: Adam Gehlhausen; MC: Levi Knutson.

Records: Madison Central 17-4-1, Franklin County 10-10-2

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