Boys soccer: Shawnee falls to Lexington in OT


By Jose Nogueras - jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com



Shawnee’s Anthony Best keeps in front of Lexington’s Dan Elgin during Saturday’s Division II regional final at Marion. See more high school soccer photos at LimaScores.com.

Shawnee’s Anthony Best keeps in front of Lexington’s Dan Elgin during Saturday’s Division II regional final at Marion. See more high school soccer photos at LimaScores.com.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Shawnee’s Austin Miller heads the ball against Lexington’s Nathan Cramer during Saturday’s Division II regional final at Marion.

Shawnee’s Austin Miller heads the ball against Lexington’s Nathan Cramer during Saturday’s Division II regional final at Marion.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

MARION — The Lexington-Shawnee rivalry added another exciting chapter to its history.

Last season, Shawnee stopped Lexington in the regional finals in overtime to advance to state.

But this year, it was the Minutemen who came out on top with a 3-2 overtime win in the Division II regional final Saturday.

This marks the third straight season Lexington and Shawnee have squared off in the regional final. The 3-2 score is identical to the mark Lexington beat Shawnee in 2019 in the regional final. Shawnee won 2-1 last year.

During the regular season, Lexington beat Shawnee 1-0 for the Indians’ lone loss this year.

Shawnee ends its season with a 19-2 mark overall. Lexington (16-1-4) advances to the state semifinals against Bay Village on Wednesday at a site to be determined.

It took less than a minute in overtime for Lexington to convert the winning score when Luke Roberts scorched one in the back of the net for the game winner.

“We had a game plan and it didn’t really work in the beginning,” Shawnee head coach Ryan Quatman said. “Once we went back to our tried and true we started to get our feet back under us and played a good half of the first half and a good whole second half. It was back and forth. A lot of back and forth,”

Shawnee owned a 2-1 advantage going into the 80th minute on the strength of goals from Jacob Miller and Matteo Fusillo. Both goals came within eight minutes of each other and both were due to solid throw ins by Connor Niedermiere.

Down 1-0 after the first period, Shawnee began to find its offensive rhythm in the second with several scoring chances beginning at the 53rd minute and the Indians’ perseverance paid off at the 62nd minute mark when Miller put in the equalizer.

Shawnee then got the lead when Fusillo gathered in a rebound after the throw in and punched it past Lexington keeper Garet Weaver to give the Tribe a 2-1 lead with just under 12 minutes left in the game.

But Shawnee’s advantage was short-lived because three minutes later, the Minutemen were celebrating their second goal of the game.

“That is the thing with this game,” Quatman said. “You can build a lot of chances and you can only create chances to score but you can’t create goals. You can only create chances.

Quatman said the trend to making the regional final is what is expected of Shawnee.

“We shoot for the stars,” Quatman said. “We are a program at that level where coming to the regional finals is right where we belong and if we get to go that one extra one it is icing on the cake so congratulations to Lexington and we wish them the best of luck.”

Shawnee’s Anthony Best keeps in front of Lexington’s Dan Elgin during Saturday’s Division II regional final at Marion. See more high school soccer photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_SHawnee-001-1.jpgShawnee’s Anthony Best keeps in front of Lexington’s Dan Elgin during Saturday’s Division II regional final at Marion. See more high school soccer photos at LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Austin Miller heads the ball against Lexington’s Nathan Cramer during Saturday’s Division II regional final at Marion.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_SHawnee-004-1.jpgShawnee’s Austin Miller heads the ball against Lexington’s Nathan Cramer during Saturday’s Division II regional final at Marion. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

By Jose Nogueras

jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.

Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.

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