LEXINGTON — Kyla Spencer and her Ontario teammates are headed back to the district final.
Spencer scored a nifty goal off a Mariah Cook free kick in the second half and the Warriors knocked off Lexington 2-0 in the opening game of an all-Richland County Division II district semifinal doubleheader Wednesday at Lexington High School.
The top-seeded Warriors will play No. 2 Madison for the district title at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lexington. Madison dispatched Clear Fork 4-2 in Wednesday’s nightcap.
It will be the fifth straight district semifinal meeting between the Warriors and Rams. Madison won the previous four.
The Warriors (15-2-3) were clinging to a precarious 1-0 lead when Spencer struck. She somehow flicked a blind shot off Cook’s free kick past the Lexington keeper to give Ontario some breathing room with 6:20 left in the second half.
“I had my back turned to the keeper so I couldn’t see her. The ball was going to my right and the goal was to my left,” Spencer said. “I lifted my foot up so it had backspin on it, so it went over her head — I think. I didn’t even see it.”
Lexington (8-9-1) created some scoring opportunities in the second half, but couldn’t convert.
“We pressed and we gave ourselves a couple chances,” Lexington coach Buck Morton said. “You’ve got to be able to scratch and claw and (Ontario) did. That second goal … was the dagger.”
Ontario took a 1-0 lead in 23rd minute when freshman Jakiah Trammell left-footed a crossing pass into the net.
“There’s some thing we need to improve on but … we’re happy to be advancing,” Ontario coach Larry Atkinson said. “It doesn’t matter what record is. It doesn’t matter what your seed is. They gave it all they had.”