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Lexington avenged their only loss of the season with a dramatic 2-1 win over state #1 Bay in sudden death overtime, receiving a game-winning goal from senior Gavin George in the second straight match.

On the rain-soaked turf at Follis Field in Wooster, where the two teams met in similar conditions during the Sweet 16 last season, the Minutemen stunned the previously unbeaten Rockets (19-1-0) by claiming the lead on a Trevor Fehr goal with 12:38 to play in the opening half. Lexington maintained their 1-0 advantage into the half then "parked the bus" defensively, in the words of coach Peter Them, as play continued into the second stanza.

 

With their congested backline forcing Bay to take contested shots, keeper Kaleb Rinehart made 10 saves to preserve Lexington's slim edge heading into the closing minutes. With just 4:26 left on the clock, the high-powered Rockets finally got on the board with Brock Pickett delivering the equalizer to force overtime.

The momentum of the match had clearly swung in Bay's favor as they entered extra sessions, but the Minutemen capitalized on their first scoring chance less than five minutes into OT. Much like he did in the District Championship, George provided the game-ending score as he sent a perfectly placed shot far post on a counter-attack play to stun the top-ranked Rockets who had destroyed Lex earlier in the season 8-0.

 

At 20-1-0, #5 Lexington now advances to the Regional Championship to face #6 Lima Shawnee (19-1-0) who beat Lima Central Catholic in PK's in their semifinal. The Minutemen defeated the Indians 3-2 back on Aug 24.

 

 

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