Cramer's PK Save Lifts Lex Over Ashland
It wasn't an imposing performance that kept state-ranked Lexington spotless in OCC play with a 1-0 win over rival Ashland, but the Minutemen produced game-winning plays when they needed them most.
The bulk of the first half action would be dominated by the home team as Lexington controlled the ball in Arrows territory but couldn't find their way on to the scoreboard. The Minutemen were hesitant at times with their shot selection, creating an abundance of opportunities that never materialized with a scoring play.
It would then be Ashland who found an offensive groove early in the second half, but could not penetrate Lexington's defense enough to find quality looks on net. Then at the 27:11 mark, the Minutemen broke through on a nice run by junior forward Ryan Parker to take a 1-0 advantage, which would be all that senior keeper Trevor Cramer would need.
In the closing minutes, however, a controversial foul in the box would set up the Arrows with a penalty kick to tie the match, but senior Brian Bostic would get stonewalled by Cramer who made his first career varsity save on a PK to all but seal the win.
Ashland (1-2-1) will next host Ontario on Saturday while Lexington (7-1-1) will get a week off before heading to Mount Vernon on Sep 10.