LEXINGTON, Neb. — Saturday afternoon’s B-2 boys soccer championship game between Lexington and Lincoln Lutheran had plenty at stake.
Even though the game involved Class B schools, it had implications on who was getting into the Class A state tournament as the wild card. A win for Lexington meant Omaha Creighton Prep was in, while a win for Lincoln Lutheran would put Papillion-La Vista South in the field.
Creighton Prep wasn’t sitting on the edge of its seat very long. Lexington overpowered Lincoln Lutheran all game long en route to a 6-0 win.
“It was a team effort,” Lexington coach Jess McHargue said. “Our back line played really well and we scored goals early.”
The win also helped bump Kearney from the No. 6 seed to the No. 5 in the Class A tournament. McHargue said having multiple fan bases pulling for his team was unique.
“It didn’t cross my mind until now. I joked with the Kearney coaches about helping them get the five seed and not the six seed,” said McHargue, a former Kearney High player. “It’s kind of fun knowing that so much relies on you.”
Lexington leading scorer Kevin Andrade provided most of the attacking in the opening half. And even though he didn’t score until the 77th minute, the Minutemen led 3-0 at halftime.
“We all played pretty good. We played as a team today and we showed it,” Andrade said. “It wasn’t just me scoring. It was the whole team.”
The play of the game was a crowd-pleasing bicycle kick goal by defender Moises Garcia in the 51st minute, which gave Lexington a 4-0 lead.
“It was a cool goal. It was very unexpected for me because I’m a defender,” Garcia said. “Right after I scored, my team was already attacking me and I was screaming. It was just an awesome feeling.”
After missing out on state for the first time in seven years last season, the Minutemen will head into this year’s tournament as the No. 1 seed in Class B. They’ll face No. 8 seed Hastings in the first round Wednesday.
“We’re pretty happy after (what happened) last year,” Andrade said. “We’re happy to make it to state and show that we deserve to be there.”
Lincoln Lutheran..............0 0—0
Goals: LEX, Elder Molina (13), Luis Cruz-Castaneda (23, 53) Allen Castaneda (24), Moises Garcia (51), Kevin Andrade (77).