Five Star Performer - Lexington High Boys Soccer

The Minutemen have gone on a tear this season
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 10:55 PM CDT
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LEXINGTON, Neb. (KSNB) - The Lexington Boys Soccer team has dominated their competition this season. With a 13-1 record, as well as winning the Central Conference Tournament last Saturday, they don’t show any signs of slowing down either.

However, when you talk to the team, they’ll tell you their success didn’t start on the field.

“We start everything in the classroom,” said team Vice-Captain Jason Tovar. “So [we’re] getting our grades up and making sure we get in on time to classes and after school help, because we’re student athletes. So we emphasize the student part of [student] athlete first of all, that’s what we try and focus on and that’ll translate onto the field as well. If we work well in the classroom, we’ll work well in practice and that translates to the games.”

Minutemen coaches echoed their players’ sentiments.

“My goal is to get these guys to graduate from high school, to get good grades, to show up to school and think about college or military or whatever it is they want to do,” said Assistant Coach Joel Lemus. “That’s my big goal and that to me is the big prize. Seeing them walk across the stage and tell me, ‘Hey Coach, I got a scholarship and I’m going here’.”

On the field, the team has played together for most of their lives. It’s easy to see just how strong the team chemistry is.

“It’s elevating, but it also feels good to see the growth of everybody individually,” said team Captain Junior Casillas. “Also, how we all stuck together, you know camaraderie and stuff like that.”

“We all know what our strengths are, what our weaknesses are and we just play well as a team and we break it down with family every time and that’s how we play. We play as a family,” Tovar said.

The team mantra for this season has been “one game at a time,” and they cherish every game after not having a season last spring.

“We didn’t know, you know, we lost our season last year, and you know I feel bad for our seniors last year and all these kids are just a year older,” Lemus explained. “We’re just happy to be here and happy to compete every single day.”

A terrific season, that’s not yet done for the boys from Lexington.

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