LEXINGTON - The Lady Eagles (6-5-1) were well-aware of the challenged they would face in the opening round of the 11th Region Tournament.
"We knew that (Henry Clay) was a very good defensive team," Madison Southern coach Katy Cress said,
The Lady Blue Devils (8-2) had given up only three goals in 10 games this season.
On Saturday, Southern wasn't able to find a way to get any sustained pressure against that rock-solid defense.
Henry Clay scored twice in the first six minutes and rolled to a 5-0 win over the Lady Eagles. It was the eighth shutout of the season for the Lady Blue Devils.
Henry Clay moves on to the 11th Region semifinals to face either Western Hills or Lafayette.
"If you play in the 11th Region, you have to expect to play a good team," Cress said. "They are all good teams."
Less than 48 hours after falling to Model Laboratory in the title game of the 44th District Tournament, the Lady Eagles were back on the field.
And they quickly found themselves facing a deficit.
Addison Kenny scored just 5:26 into the game and Chase Young found the net 30 seconds later.
Freshman keeper Claire Cress made some good saves to keep Southern in the game. Henry Clay had a 2-0 lead at halftime, then scored three times early in the second half, including goals by Haley Fin and Elly Dyer.
Southern's best scoring chance came with about 19 minutes left. Abby Sheffer took a free kick from just outside the box and put it on goal. Avyn Willis got her foot on the rebound as well, but was denied.
"This was not our best game, but not our worst game either," Cress said. "They held their own."
The Lady Eagles won four of their first five matches, finished as the district runner-up and had a winning record. They will graduate just three seniors from this team.
"I'm just happy we got to have a season," Cress said. "I've you would have asked me a couple of months ago if we would be here, I would tell you that's no way."