The East Jessamine and West Jessamine boys' soccer teams squared off for the second time this fall on Thursday night. This time around there was a lot more riding on the game. The winner would advance to the district finals on Saturday and earn a birth in the regional tournament, while the loser would be sent home for good.
Just like in the September meeting, it was East that was victorious following a fever-pitched 80 minutes.
In the 11th minute of the match, Sam Miller drove to the goal. Goalkeeper Jake Hedrick came out to meet hit and successfully countered the attack, defecting the ball away, but was called for a penalty and Miller was awarded a penalty kick. Miller's penalty kick never left the ground, he simply sent rolling shot on the ground to the right corner of the goal for the score.
The 1-0 lead lasted the final 69 minutes and sent East to the 27th district championship on Saturday against Dunbar at 7 p.m. at Lafayette. The Jags (17-3-2) beat Dunbar 1-0 on Sept. 9. Dubar lost in the district championship last year to Lexington Catholic, but went on to win the regional championship.