Taking advantage of scoring opportunities was the name of the game for the Lexington Soccer clubs while competing in the Scottsbluff Quad that was held in North Platte on Saturday.
In their opening match, the Minutemaids challenged GNAC-foe Scottsbluff to a thrilling duel on the pitch. The Bearcats were able to edge Lexington 3-2 in the shootout to etch out the 3-2 victory.
The first goal of the contest was the result of a Lady Cat knocking the ball loose from Lex goalkeeper Makenzie Hammond that raised the Soccer fans to their feet in disagreement with the call by officials.
Soon thereafter, the Lexington contingency rose to their feet again when Ashlee Barrientos booted a penalty kick that ricocheted off the crossbar and into the goal to knot the score at 1-1, where it would stay into the halftime break despite another penalty kick that just went high.
Near the halfway mark of the second period, Maids midfielder Maricela Dones booted a goal from 25-yards out to garner the 2-1 lead for the Orange and Black.
The score remained 2-1 until the final minutes of regulation, when Scottsbluff pushed forward and were able to finally flex the net, as Lexington failed to clear the ball from the box.
At the end of regulation the score was knotted at 2-2, forcing a shootout to determine the victor. The Lady Cats were able to outscore Lexington 3-2 in the shootout to notch the victory for Scottsbluff.
Makenzie Hammond had 13 saves in the match for Lexington.
Lexington 1 1(0) 2
Scottsbluff 1 1(1) 3
In the Lexington boys opening match, the Minutemen won a defensive battle 1-0 as a result of a shootout victory over the Bearcats.
The score remained 0-0 throughout regulation, despite the Lexington forwards scoring attempts that were aplenty, but they just misfired on scoring attempts. The Minutemen played with gumption in the final minutes but it wasn’t enough to break the ice on the scoreboard that displayed 0-0 at the end of regulation.
In the shootout Larry Ramirez was golden for the Orange and Black between the pipes. With Ramirez getting a pair of stops and the Minutemen producing on their penalty kick attempts, Lexington scored the 4-2 shootout victory to win the matchup 1-0 over Scottsbluff.
Lexington 0 0(1) 1
Scottsbluff 0 0(0) 0
In the Minutemaids second contest of the day, the Orange grabbed an early lead but weren’t able to hold off the late charges of the Gering Bulldogs that picked up a 2-1 victory.
The Lexington offense was the first to strike in the contest with Jazmin Vazquez firing through a great pass towards the Maids forwards. Elizabeth Moro was able to get a boot on it and Ashlee Barrientos finished the job with a kick that flexed the net and made the score 1-0.
Soon thereafter, the Lady Dawgs knotted the score 1-1 before the intermission.
During the second half of play the action slowed and defense gained confidence and were playing at full strength. It was Gering that got the slight edge on a through ball that snuck through the Lexington defense and the Dawgs were able to put it past goal keeper Mackenzie Hammond to snare the lead for Gering 2-1.
In the final minutes, Katherinne Galvan continued to find gaps during Lexington’s push forward but it wasn’t meant to be, as the forwards weren’t able to connect with Galvan’s passes to put them into the net.
Lexington 1 0 1
Gering 1 1 2
The Lexington boys wasted no time in snaring an early lead and then cruising to a 6-0 victory over Gering.
Gerardo Ramirez flexed the net early on with a penalty kick in the seventh minute to make the score 1-0.
With the momentum clearly on their side, the Minutemen got goals from Francisco Ramirez in the 17th minute and an insurance goal from Jonathan Amador in the 23rd minute to hold a commanding 3-0 lead.
In the early minutes of the second half of play, Lexington’s Amador scored his second goal of the contest on assists from Arliss Alvarez to push the lead to 4-0 in the 52nd minute.
Lexington 3 3 6
Gering 0 0 0