Alex Depperschmidt

Lexington's Alex Depperschmidt dribbles past Clear Fork's Jaden Beachy during the first half Thursday at Lexington High School.

LEXINGTON — Lexington’s scoring drought finally came to an end.

Alex Depperschmidt had a goal and two assists as the Minutemen knocked off backyard rival Clear Fork 3-1 at Lexington High School.

The Minutemen (3-0-2) had managed just two goals in their first four matches. They eclipsed that total during a 10 minute span of the second half Thursday.

“I think it was kind of that monkey off the back,” Lex coach Peter Them said of the second half scoring spree. “The flood gates opened a little bit and … the game opened up a little bit for us.”

Luke Roberts broke the ice with a header off a Depperschmidt corner kick with 26:22 to play in the second half. Depperschmidt scored with 19:48 remaining then assisted on Gage Potter’s goal less than two minutes later.

“It felt really good to get one in, especially after a scoreless first half where we felt like we controlled the game,” Depperschmidt said. “We were lucky enough to get some goals in.”

Clear Fork (3-2) scored the first goal on Lex all season after the Minutemen were whistled for a penalty in the box on a corner kick. Alex Kistler’s penalty kick made it 3-1 with 6:14 remaining.

“I appreciated the way our kids competed,” Clear Fork coach Nate Gailey said. “When you’re playing young kids, it’s a great way to learn.”

The Minutemen dominated possession in the first half but had nothing to show for it. Clear Fork goalkeeper Griffin Blakley was up to the task, turning away several shots in the opening 40 minutes.

“They did a nice job in the first half,” Them said. “They kept us frustrated and kind of unorganized and guessing.

“In the second half we started doing some things a little better. We got some more shots off and opened it up a little bit.”

The Colts were coming off a disheartening 2-1 loss to Galion on Tuesday.

“We had a result we didn’t like on Tuesday so we really challenged them,” Gailey said. “I said we wanted to see a different team tonight than we saw Tuesday. We just want to get better every game.”

Lexington’s scoring woes couldn’t have ended at a better time. The Minutemen head to Bay Village on Saturday for a showdown with perennial powerhouse Bay.

“For us, we’ve got to score when we can score,” Them said. “Every game we’re getting better. We’re getting there piece by piece.”

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