Lexington and Hastings entered the Class B boys state soccer tournament looking to improve on 2-7 all-time records at state.
Top-seeded Lexington (16-5) was able to buck its historical trend on the strength of three goals by Kevin Andrade, dropping eighth-seeded Hastings 3-1 to advance to Saturday’s 9 a.m. semifinal.
Lexington coach Jess McHargue said his team approached the match just like any other.
“Our game plan stayed the same as it had for the last 20 games,” McHargue said. “We didn’t change anything.”
The Minutemen, shut out in their previous three appearances at state by a combined score of 11-0, went up 1-0 on an Andrade goal just 4:34 into the match. Andrade got behind the Hastings defense for a breakaway and slipped the ball past keeper Nicholas Hamburger.
Andrade got all alone again in the 36th minute, beating a sprawling Hamburger to put the Minutemen up 2-0.
Hastings (10-9) was playing in its seventh straight state tournament, but hadn’t won since 2010. Wednesday’s loss made it five straight first-round exits for the Tigers.
Hastings got on the board 5:45 into the second half on a score by Bruno Rodrigues Moreira as the Tigers cut the Lexington lead to 2-1.
Hastings coach Dan Hawker said he talked to his team about not falling behind early, but Lexington had other thoughts.
“We talked about not giving away the early goal, which we thought would bring them out,” Hawker said. “But they were able to attack the field and try to hold on to the lead they had. We played well for moments in the game, but it just wasn’t enough today.”
Andrade stuck again in the 60th minute, making it a hat trick with his third goal of the game to put Lexington up 3-1.
Andrade said Hastings’ goal helped to motivate him to score another.
“It made us wake up because 2-1 is nothing. They could overcome that,” he said. “That’s why we had to pressure and go another goal up.”
Ruben Gonzalez got the win in goal for Lexington with six saves.
Hastings (10-9)..................0 1—1
Lexington (16-5)................2 1—3
Goals: H, Rodrigues Moreira. L, Andrade 3.
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