Madison Draws With Lex, OCC Stays Open
The race for the Ohio Cardinal Conference girls soccer championship is still up for grabs after state-ranked foes Madison and Lexington played to a 2-2 draw in a pivotal league contest.
The Lady Rams had a chance to clinch at least a share of the OCC with a win and took the lead on Taylor Huff's 19th goal of the season at the 22:18 mark in the opening half. The match would remain 1-0 in favor of Madison at the break, but a perfectly placed shot from over 30 yards by Abby Eifrid would lock the game into a 1-1 tie less than eight minutes into the second half.
Lady Lex later took a 2-1 advantage when Lauren Alexander smashed a ball sent by Lacee Bethea into the back of the net with 22:27 remaining. Trinity Tucker would answer back just over five minutes later with a deep blast of her own, supplying the Lady Rams with the equalizer. Huff would provide a number of scoring chances over the remainder of the match, just missing a shot attempt off the far post in the closing minutes that could have secured Madison a piece of the conference crown.
The Lady Rams (9-0-3) were disappointed they didn't clinch the title but will use the experience as a "wake up call" heading into their matchup with state #1 Anthony Wayne. Lexington (10-3-1) also felt unsatisfied with the result and look forward to a potential rematch with Madison in state tournament play.