The Henry Clay boys and Lexington Catholic girls each advanced with ease in their respective state quarterfinal games on Saturday.
Henry Clay defeated Perry County Central 6-0 and Lexington Catholic mercy-ruled Corbin 10-0.
It took No. 3 Henry Clay 30-plus minutes to get on the board against Perry County Central but it ended up with a 2-0 lead at halftime on Saturday night.
University of Kentucky commit Aime Mabika got an unassisted score outside the box and Michael Jikang netted one on a rebound within six minutes of each other to close the half.
Caleb Combs added two goals, off assists from Josh Strange and Braxton Burton, in a two-minute span as part of four Henry Clay scores in the second period.Henry Clay outshot Perry Central 34-0.
“Every game coming into this tournament, there’s not going to be a team that rolls over,” Combs said.
That’s certain to be applicable to the Blue Devils’ next opponent, No. 1 Bowling Green. The two met earlier this season, playing to a 2-2 tie in the opening weekend of the season as part of the Lexington Soccer Showcase.
“I’m sure it’ll be a hard-fought game and hopefully we’re fortunate enough to come out on top,” Combs said.
The Knights finished their game against the Redhounds with 15 minutes to spare earlier in the day.
LexCath scored three times in the first 11 minutes and held a 7-0 advantage at the halftime after Cassie Corbett poked in a through ball from Brittany Lyden.
Transylvania commit Alana Hughes finished with hat tricks in goals scored and assists, connecting on all three of her shot attempts — all on goal. She had four assists, which came on consecutive scores in the span of 11 first-half minutes.
Kennedy Tranter, a UK commit, finished with two goals and two assists.
The Knights outshot Corbin 29-0. They’ll meet Owensboro Catholic in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Thursday at Paul Dunbar.
The Aces are 23-2 on the season and have outscored their opponents 147-17.
■ No. 2 Trinity fell to No. 5 Covington Catholic in one of the boys’ quarterfinals, 2-1. CovCath led 2-0 much of the way before the Shamrocks threatened late.
■ No. 1 Sacred Heart advanced with a 1-0 shutout of No. 6 Notre Dame in a girls’ quarterfinal. Valkyries keeper Sarah Stodghill saved five of six shot attempts by the Pandas.