Class B: Lexington ties game late, scores three overtime goals to defeat Omaha Roncalli

Lexington's Marvin Orozco-Gonzalez celebrates his overtime goal against Omaha Roncalli.

After spinning its wheels for an hour Thursday night, Lexington kept its foot on the gas pedal and eventually left Omaha Roncalli in the dust.

The Class B No. 2 Minutemen trailed for more than 60 minutes before evening things late in regulation and splurging in overtime for a 4-1 win over eighth-ranked Omaha Roncalli in the boys state tournament at Morrison Stadium.

“Man, we trusted each other,” Lexington coach Jess McHargue said. “We had 20 guys absolutely give everything they had. I couldn’t ask for anything else from a young, growing-up-fast team, that’s for sure.”

His side will play in Saturday’s 11 a.m. semifinals — its third trip to the final four since 2010 — thanks in large part to a relentless attack.

Roncalli got on the board in the 13th minute when James Borer’s flying knee on a crossing ball connected for his fifth goal of the season.

Lexington controlled the majority of the scoring chances from there, but wouldn’t find an equalizer until Jesus Jimenez redirected a ball into the box through the legs of Roncalli keeper Jacob Clark.

“Ball bounced our way finally, and we just capitalized,” McHargue said. “We knew if we kept doing what we preached all year — keep it simple, do it together — and you’ll find a result, and we did.”

The floodgates opened in the extra sessions, with Jimenez getting things going.

The junior put together a sequence in the scoring area that included a slide to his right and shot back to the left side of the goal that crossed up Clark and put the Minutemen ahead in the 86th minute.

Marvin Orozco put the nail in coffin with a wicked bender from 35 yards out just 34 seconds into the second extra period. Junior Casillas added another a minute later to round out the scoring explosion.

“I feel like that’s how we always are,” Orozco said. “Once we get one, I feel like we’re unstoppable. We just kept believing in each other and kept pushing and pushing.”

The Minutemen outshot Roncalli 20-2 for the match.

“I think we did a good job of just fighting and staying in the game as much as we could,” Roncalli coach Jacob Laville said. “I think we just ran out of gas there at the end. Give them a lot of credit. They’ve got a lot of great players and kept fighting until the end.”

After admitting that even he was nervous during the match, McHargue said he could see the early impact of eight sophomores and a freshman in the starting lineup.

“We were pretty wide-eyed, I felt like, for about 25, 30 minutes,” McHargue said. “Man, once we settle in, we do what we can do, we’re good. We’re really good.”

Omaha Roncalli (12-7).........1 0 0 0—1

Lexington (14-2).................0 1 1 2—4

Goals: OR, James Borer; L, Jesus Jimenez 2, Marvin Orozco, Junior Casillas.

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