Lexington boys soccer comes up short in championship, falls 2-1 to Omaha Skutt
OMAHA, Neb. (KSNB) - We’ve been here before.
The #2-seed Lexington Minutemen lining up to take on top-seed and defending champion Omaha Skutt for the Class B Boys Soccer Championship. In fact, it’s a rematch of last year’s state title game - a game that Skutt won 3-1. So, could the fellas from Lex reverse the script for 2022?
The Skyhawks were looking to 3-peat, but Lexington hoped to put an end the the short dynasty. However, it was Skutt who struck first.
The Minutemen kep pushing. Alexander Perez-Tunay hit the crossbar on a pretty shot, but could not find the back of the net.
Lexington seemed to be the aggressor in the match, and it paid off with an equalizer in the second half. Miguel Raymundo Jesus sent a cross and Ernesto Vargas Hernandez controlled it with his chest before firing in a game-tying goal.
Inside 10 minutes left, the game took a turn. The Skyhawks were on a breakaway, and when Jesus Prado Reyes tried to prevent a goal, his slide tackle was called a penalty inside the box, giving Skutt a penalty kick. It’s an opportunity captain Sam Schendt didn’t let slip away. He put a dagger in the bottom left part of the net, and that was all Skutt needed to seal its third-straight Class B State Championship.
”We got that goal back,” Lexington coach Joel Lemus said. “I felt like we had the momentum to get a second one. It didn’t go our way. They got the penalty kick. I’m not going to say anything about the call because, again, that’s not who we want to be at Lexington. That’s not who I want our boys to be. I don’t want to criticize, especially right now. I’m kind of emotional about it, but that’s a tough job. Nobody wants to make that call.”
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