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Edison falls to Lexington in district semifinals

By KEVIN SHIELDS • Updated Oct 23, 2017 at 11:08 PM

CLYDE — Edison got an early second-half goal from Ian Janssen, but unfortunately for the Chargers, the damage had already been done.

Lexington’s Ryan Parker scored just 9:24 into the game on a corner kick that ended up on his foot, just inside the right side of the goal area. It was one of two first-half goals for the Minutemen freshman as Lexington scored four times in the opening half en route to a 4-1 victory in the nightcap of the Division II district semifinals at Robert J. Bishop Stadium.

The Minutemen (11-5-2) — the No. 2 seed — will face Ontario (14-2-2) in Thursday’s final. The Warriors knocked off top-seeded Vermilion in the opener by 3-2 count in the opener.

Janssen was able to score just 2:30 into the second half for the Chargers (11-5-2) off an assist from Nick Lombardi. For Janssen, it was his 17th goal of the year. He finishes the season with 45 points, while Lombardi ends his year with 69.

But after a dry first half, the teams had to deal with swirling wind and driving rain in the second half.

“I think we just came out very flat. You could tell we were nervous,” Edison coach Kurri Lewis said. “We’ve played in some big-time games, but this one topped anything we’ve done, playing Lexington, a powerhouse that’s been in games like this forever. And my kids knew that going in. You try to do everything you can to eliminate that factor, but the nerves were there.

“We gave up two goals we didn’t mark up on, and going into halftime down four goals was tough,” he added. “But I thought in the second half, we played tremendously better. We had many chances on goal.”

Gavin George and Camden Geottel also picked up goals for Lexington in the first 40 minutes.

“We want to go quick. That’s our style. Edison plays a pretty good schedule and the rumor was they were big and fast, which was true,” Minutemen coach Peter Them said. “We wanted to exploit those things, get to the outside, move the ball around and get No. 12 (James Hill) out of the middle. He’s a nice player, and we knew if we could get him out the middle, anything could happen.

“I thought we did a nice job in the first 40 minutes,” he added. “Then the weather changed in the second half. I told the boys at halftime, good defense is a good offense.”

Austin Hancock — who owns the Edison school record for career shutouts — had a strong outing in goal, despite the elements, making five saves.

The Chargers were making just their third district appearance since Lewis inherited a one-win program eight years ago.

“Things are definitely looking up,” Lewis said.

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