10.14 soccer

The Lady Eagles (11-6-0) and Lady Indians (14-5-1) made history on Monday night.

Madison Southern claimed the program's first-ever regional tournament win with a 1-0 decision over Great Crossing in Georgetown, while Madison Central moved into the 11th Region semifinals for the first time since 2016 with a 2-1 victory over Sayre in Richmond.

Now, Both teams have an opportunity to do something even more historic.

Madison Southern will take on Henry Clay (10-7-0) at 5:30 p.m. today in the first semifinal match-up at the Sayre Athletic Complex. Madison Central is set to take on Lexington Catholic (21-3-0) at 8 p.m.

The championship game is scheduled for noon on Saturday.

"It's great," Madison Central coach Steven Nash said of advancing to the 11th Region semifinals. "We've been fighting all season to get to this point. We are happy to be where we are at."

Madison Southern suffered a 2-0 loss to Great Crossing on Sept. 9 in Georgetown. The Lady Eagles, though, got a goal from Carlie Hechemy — her first of the season — off an assist from Kayleigh Moberly with 10:05 left in the first half.

Sophomore keeper Claire Cress made the lead hold up by making 22 saves while picking up her eighth shutout of the year.

“Staying strong defensively was one of our goals, and thank goodness we were able to hold on and do that, but they still had a lot of really good shots,” Southern coach Katy Cress said. “We did a little too much watching their feet instead of the ball there for a bit, but we were all just supporting each other, making sure everybody was covering all of our bases on that back line.”

The Lady Eagles had qualified for the regional tournament in 10 of the past 11 seasons, but had never been able to come with a with a victory — until Monday.

Central will be looking to get back to the 11 Region title game for the first time since 2015. The Lady Indians last region championship was 19 years ago (2002).

Central picked up a 3-1 win over Sayre in Lexington last month and jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on Monday on goals by Tristen Hornsby and Sarah Hymer.

Sayre got a late goal to turn a seemingly comfortable lead into a tight game.

Sophomore keeper Becca Gordon had five saves as the Lady Indians were able to hold on and advance.

Central did not face Lexington Catholic during the regular season. The Lady Knights have won 10-straight matches, including an 8-0 win over Western Hills on Monday in the opening round of the 11th Region Tournament.

The Lady Knights have scored 97 goals on the year, including 21 by Emily Scanlon.

Southern and Henry Clay also did not meet during the regular season.

The Lady Blue Devils have won seven-straight matches, including a 3-2 shootout victory over Lafayette on Monday in the opening round of the 11th Region Tournament.

Haley Flynn has a team-best 14 goals for Henry Clay, while goalkeeper Zoe Tinch has five shutouts.

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