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Dunbar girls beat Henry Clay on penalty kicks to win 11th Region

Dunbar's Shelby Turcotte, left, won a header against Henry Clay's Maddie Fish during the 11th Region championship at Lexington Catholic.
Dunbar's Shelby Turcotte, left, won a header against Henry Clay's Maddie Fish during the 11th Region championship at Lexington Catholic. Herald-Leader

After going scoreless through regulation and two sudden-death overtime periods Saturday, the girls' 11th Region soccer finals at Lexington Catholic came down to a shootout.

No. 16 Paul Laurence Dunbar came up the winner, outscoring No. 15 Henry Clay 4-3 on penalty kicks.

Reilly Teal, Katie Craft, Shelby Turcotte and Amy Holbrook scored for Dunbar, and goalie Morgan Tallio came up with two saves in the shootout.

The Bulldogs (17-6) will visit defending state champion and third-ranked Notre Dame next, Monday at 7 p.m.

"I honestly don't know much about Notre Dame," Dunbar Coach Tom Morgan said. "We're going to prep for them tomorrow (Sunday). And they're just another team. Hopefully our defense will stay strong and we can maybe pull out another victory."

Dunbar also beat Henry Clay during the regular season, 1-0 on Oct. 1.

"They played very well," Morgan said of his team. "We played very well defensively. It was a very roller-coaster game. It was back and forth, 20-minute spans of them dominating the game, 20-minute spans of us kind of controlling the game. Just very back and forth.

"I was just very proud of them. They just really kept composure and really fought to get this win tonight."

The Blue Devils (13-5-4) had a four-match winning streak snapped.

"It was a tough way to go out, but I give credit to Tom and the Dunbar girls. They fought all the way to the end," Henry Clay Coach Mebit Aragaw said. "We started the game well and as the as the game went on, I think our players ... started getting frustrated. They started rushing things.

"But overall it was just a great run and a great season. Great leadership from the seniors we've got, all season. It was a helluva run for us."

Dunbar 1, Henry Clay 0 (PK)

Shootout goals—PLD: Reilly Teal, Katie Craft, Shelby Turcotte, Amy Holbrook; HC: Lauren Higgins, Caroline Totty, Grace Whalen. Goalkeepers —PLD: Morgan Tallio; HC: Ally Barfield.

Records: Dunbar 17-6; Henry Clay 13-5-4.

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