Solid, not spectacular, was the way two-time defending champion Columbus Scotus started its march at history.
The Class B No. 2 Shamrocks scored once in each half and limited seventh-ranked Lexington to few chances for a 2-0 win in the opening round at Morrison Stadium.
It was the 10th straight win at state for Scotus, extending its record. The Shamrocks are looking to become the first boys team to win three straight championships.
“Just had to be smart,” Scotus coach Jon Brezenski said. “I thought we played pretty solid, really.”
Senior Jake Bos scored his team-leading 16th of the year in the 19th minute, striking a left-footed shot from near the middle to give his team a lead.
Bos hit a pair of long field goals to lift Scotus to a state football title in the fall, then wrestled in a state championship match in February.
“He’s just a complete player,” Brezenski said of Bos. “He’s big, but he’s also extremely fast and he’s extremely skilled, so he’s just kind of a special player.”
Bos assisted on the other goal, finding Tanner Spenceri for a score in the 66th minute. It was the first of the year for Spenceri, a senior midfielder who started his career as the team’s keeper.
“The kid has played every position for us,” Brezenski said. “He’s kind of settled in the middle. But today we needed him to play wing (and) he’s in the right spot. He stepped up like a senior should.”
Lexington switched its second-half formation to a 4-4-2, Minuteman coach Jess McHargue said, and created a couple of chances.
“I thought we played better with the big change like that,” he said. “Guys responded well. I thought we gave everything we had.”
But another steady Scotus effort was more than the Minutemen could overcome. The Shamrocks held a 19-3 advantage in shots.
“Scotus is just Scotus,” McHargue said. “They come out and do what Scotus has done for a long time.”
It was the ninth straight match in which the Shamrock defense held its opponent without a goal.
“Our defense was really good today,” Brezenski said. “I thought our defense again played really smart, limited their attacks. Our back line just did a great job again.”
Lexington (11-9)..................0 0—0
Columbus Scotus (15-3)......1 1—2
Goals: CS, Jake Bos, Tanner Spenceri.
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