The Lynchburg-Clay and Hillsboro boys soccer teams faced off on Wednesday night in a cross-county soccer match on the home field of Lynchburg.
It was a physical match throughout, with neither team giving up very much ground.
The Mustangs struck first with a goal from Kyle Luneke just two minutes into the game to give Lynchburg the 1-0 edge.
Hillsboro came back and tied the game ten minutes later with a goal from Brandon Elmore and then went up 2-1 thanks to a goal by D.J. Brown with 22:34 to go.
Neither team did any scoring for a majority of the rest of the half until Noah Scoot of Lynchburg found the back of the net with a goal with just eight seconds to go in the first period.
The Mustangs struck first in the second period, building their momentum, when Quintin Smith scored a goal just 25 seconds after the clocked started. This put the Mustangs up 3-2.
Lynchburg added one more goal with 20:36 left to play to bring the game to its final score and Lynchburg improved to 5-0-1 with the win.
“This boys team is as resilient a group as I have ever coached,” said Mustangs coach Dennis West after the game. “They just continue to play at a quality level. Their attacks are directed well and we have several kids that can put the ball into the net. Noah Scott is the one we look to the most but we have a quite a few that can score and we have a lot of kids that can set those guys up. Really pleased with how they didn’t give up when Hillsboro got ahead. That goal we made right before the half was a monster goal and then when we scored right after we started the second half, wow, that is demoralizing. We’ve been on the other end of that before. It just takes the wind right out of your sails. And it really helped when we got that fourth goal.
“We were please with the outcome, obviously. I thought we played well. The boys are just playing really great soccer right now.”
“I was happy with intensity that we had tonight,” said coach John Weber of the Indians after the game. “I think this was the first game this year that we’ve played both halves. It was the mental lapses that killed us. [Lynchburg] scored a goal within the first minutes of both halves tonight, so if you take that two minutes away, I was very happy with our play tonight. We had excellent play from our seniors tonight and our young guys stepped in and did well tonight as well. I’ll take that effort for our first loss of the year.”
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.