Kentucky’s high school soccer season will come to an end today at Paul Dunbar High School with a pair of No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups.
The girls’ State Tournament final at 5 p.m. will match No. 1 Notre Dame (25-2-1), the defending state champion, against No. 2 Tates Creek (22-1-4).
In the boys’ final at 7 p.m., No. 1 St. Xavier (26-0-2), the defending state champion, will meet No. 2 Paul Dunbar (25-3).
In the girls’ final, Notre Dame enters with a 41-match unbeaten streak (40-0-1) against Kentucky competition. The Pandas are two-time state champions, having also won in 2004. Tates Creek is in its second final, having lost to South Oldham in 1995.
In the boys’ final, St. X enters with a 54-match unbeaten streak (52-0-2) and is ranked No. 5 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Tigers are looking for their 12th state title overall and fifth in the past six years.
St. X coach Andy Schulten said he doesn’t have a problem with having to play the state final on Paul Dunbar’s home field, but added that it might give the Bulldogs the advantage.
“It might be the first time where an undefeated team that’s No. 1 comes into the state championship as an underdog,” Schulten said. “I’ve been following Dunbar … and I respect the heck out of them. I know they’re going to be ready. They’re not going to be scared of us.”
Paul Dunbar is a three-time state champion, including a 1-0 overtime victory over St. X in the 2001 final.