Minutemen Want Revenge In Season Opener At Ontario

  • 8/10/2017 8:13:01 PM
  • Brian Skowronski
  • Local Sports

LEXINGTON, OH- The kick off to high school soccer is coming soon around the Buckeye state and several area schools will get the 2017 campaign started next week as part of Friday Night Futbol. 

Among those programs participating are the Lexington boy's soccer team. The Minutemen are coming off a 10-9 campaign with a district championship game appearance, and although the Minutemen's regular season schedule was very challenging, it's still not quite up to the standards set by fifth-year head coach Peter Them. With 12 returning seniors rounding out a sizable roster, though, the purple and gold will enter the new season with a squad capable of returning to where they've been in season's past.

"We just broke into teams the other day and so now with having three teams there's a lot going on with sixty guys," says Them. "Now that we're down to those three teams with a varsity and two JV's, it'll be nice to kind of focus on just formations, the ideas that I like to see and the creativity from the guys bringing all those pieces together."

An area on the pitch where Them can likely rely on is the midfield where senior captains Mason Kearns and Matt Malaska return for the purple and gold. Junior center backer Will Schaefer explains the advantages of returning quality players in those roles.

"The midfield controls the whole field offensively and defensively," Schaefer says. "They do it all and so that being strong is a real advantage."

 When the Minutemen open their season next Friday they will do so at county foe Ontario's place. The Warriors beat Lexington for the first time in a decade last season, 2-1 on the Minutemen's home surface, pushing Kearns to now call the matchup a rivalry.

"Yeah I guess you could call it a rivalry game," says Kearns. "I think we both look forward to competing against one another and it'll be a good game for sure."

Coming off a loss to Ontario, Malaska now looks at the showdown differently in 2017.

"It's definitely revenge for us," Malaska says. "Last year we definitely didn't get the outcome we wanted to. This year we're definitely hoping to get that W."

Malaska adds that he views Lex as an "under dog" this year against the Warriors and looks forward to a chance to beat them in front of their home fans. The "Backyard Rivalry", as the matchup is nicknamed will kick off at 7 pm on August 18 LIVE on WMFD-TV. 

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