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Woodford County, Paul Dunbar need one goal to advance in 11th Region girls' soccer

Jane Watts (12) celebrated with teammates after her header, the first goal she's scored this season, sent Woodford County past Scott County 1-0 in double-OT.
Jane Watts (12) celebrated with teammates after her header, the first goal she's scored this season, sent Woodford County past Scott County 1-0 in double-OT. Herald-Leader

Jane Watts will never forget her first goal of the 2014 soccer season.

It came Tuesday night, in double-overtime of the quarterfinals of the girls' 11th Region soccer tournament at Lexington Catholic. And it lifted Woodford County to a 1-0 victory over Scott County.

Paul Laurence Dunbar took the nightcap, 1-0 over Madison Central, on a second-half goal by Nia Simons.

Woodford County and Dunbar will meet in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Thursday. Catholic will take on Henry Clay in the other semifinal at 6 p.m.

"They're playing very well at the end of the season," Dunbar Coach Tom Morgan said of Woodford. "They're a very tough team. We're going to have to really get back to practice tomorrow and really kind of prep for them. Hopefully, we can come out and get everyone a little more healthy with a day off."

Woodford Co. 1, No. 10 Scott Co. 0 (2OT): Watts headed in McKenna Boyd's corner kick with 1:15 left in the second overtime.

"I've been waiting to get a corner all season and I finally headed one in," said Watts, a senior. "It came at the perfect time."

Another 75 seconds of scoreless play would have sent the match to a shootout.

"I was getting nervous. I think we would have pulled it out even if it went to PKs," Watts said. "I think most of the game we dominated. We possessed. We passed it around them. They got a couple looks on goal, but not many. Our defense played really well. Sarah Souers played really well."

The teams played to a weather-shortened 0-0 draw during the regular season.

"I thought we played really well," Brad Turpin, coach of the Yellowjackets (9-7-3), said after the win. "It's probably one of the top two or three games we've played all season. Played with a lot of composure, moved the ball around really well and executed exactly the way we wanted to."

There were few quality chances in the first half.

Scott (11-7-4) had Keyli Borman put a pair of shots on frame, but both were stopped by Ramsey Adams. The Yellowjackets goalkeeper had to make a diving stop on Borman's shot with about six minutes left.

Woodford's Camryn Pictor had a decent look with about a minute to go, but Cardinals goalkeeper Michelle Washburn made the save.

Second half, Scott's Madison Cox was on target, but Adams played the ball on one hop.

Woodford's Boyd had a free kick with about 12 minutes left, but shot the ball high.

That led to sudden death and Watts' game-winner.

"It was a heck of a way to go out, especially (to) my hometown," said Scott Coach Andrea "Bug" Brown, a Woodford graduate. "Hats off to (Woodford). I thought it was a great game. I thought both teams played exceptionally hard. Jane Watts played outstanding for their defense. And Souers played really well."

With leading scorer Alex Vasile out with a torn ACL, the Cardinals looked to second-leading scorer Borman. Brown credited the Jackets for containing Borman.

"I thought our girls played exceptionally hard. I was proud of our effort," Brown said. "A couple of opportunities we missed that we should have had, and that came back to bite us. But hats off to my girls. They played hard. It's been a very hard season because we had a heck of a schedule. ... Tonight was just not our night."

No. 16 Dunbar 1, Madison Central 0: Simons scored with 29:52 left to play, chipping the ball over the goalkeeper.

"I was doing like a give-and-go and I knew I was fast enough to get it back," Simons said. "So I was like 'I'm confident to take a shot,' and I did."

That was enough as Morgan Tallio notched a shutout in goal for the Bulldogs (15-6), who have won six of seven matches.

"I think we had most of the possession," Morgan said. "I think we had a few good chances here and there. We got a little lucky on two plays from them. But overall they came out and played well. Madison Central really disrupted the flow of our offense, though, and made it very tough on us to find the back of the net."

The Indians (12-6) had a couple of good scoring looks, including a wide-open back-door shot that sailed high.

"They had a couple breaks, we had our own opportunities, we just didn't put them away," Central Coach Chris Dunham said. "The girls definitely battled to the end. It was kind of a roller-coaster game. They had momentum, then we had momentum. I think overall they had a good match and we just didn't put our chances away."

Woodford Co. 1, Scott Co. 0 (2 OT)

Goal—Jane Watts. Goalkeepers—SC: Michelle Washburn; WC: Ramsey Adams.

Records: Scott Co. 11-7-4; Woodford Co. 9-7-3.

Dunbar 1, Madison Central 0

Goal—PLD: Nia Simons. Goalkeepers—PLD: Morgan Tallio; MC: Dani Parsley.

Records: Madison Central 12-6; Dunbar 15-6.

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