MADISON TOWNSHIP — The attack has been erratic at times, but the Lexington defense has been all but impenetrable.
The Minutemen pitched their fifth shutout of the season and pulled away in the second half for a 4-0 win over Madison in Ohio Cardinal Conference soccer action Tuesday at Madison.
Lexington (4-1-2) has given up just two goals on the season.
“We’ve been pretty solid in the back all season,” Lexington coach Peter Them said. “There’s four seniors back there and they’ve been around the block. They’re very conscious of themselves and where they’re at.
“Just the smarts of those guys and the understanding, it’s phenomenal.”
Lexington took the lead in the fourth minute when Will Perkins found the back of the net. The goal was the first of the freshman midfielder’s career.
Despite giving up the early score the Rams (3-3) kept it a one-goal game the rest of the half.
“Defensively we looked pretty good. The defense played well tonight,” Madison coach Tim Lord said. “I thought our keeper (Will Jamieson) played well. He made some nice saves and kept us in it.”
As it did last week against Clear Fork, the Lex attack came to life in the second half. The Minutemen scored three goals in 17 minutes to win going away.
Luke Roberts started the barrage with a goal at the 34:17 mark of the second half. Gate Potter followed with a goal at the 28:51 mark to make it 3-0 before sophomore midfielder Jaxson Husty scored his first career goal with 17:45 remaining.
“We turned it up tonight and got some goals in the back of the net,” Potter said. “To put some goals in the back of the net, it’s going to boost our confidence a lot.”
Lexington, which was ranked fifth in Division II in the most recent Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association state poll, was coming off a 1-0 loss at top-ranked Bay on Saturday. The Rockets scored the game-winner with less than three minutes remaining in the second half.
“They were upset,” Them said. “We played for 70-some minutes and to give it up that late, some people were dejected.
“It’s a learning experience. That’s why we play those games. The boys learned a lot.”
Madison has dropped three straight after opening the season with three consecutive wins. Madison had just three senior starters.
“I thought they battled. I don’t think at any point our guys gave up,” Lord said. “Starting five sophomores, you’re going to have some issues.
“They fought and I’m proud of them.”