HENDERSON – In a match that seemed to have one delay after another, resiliency was key. The Chester County boys’ soccer team has had to be resilient all season, only playing two games in the first four weeks of the season.
On Thursday, the Eagles had that resiliency again to beat Lexington 2-1 in overtime in a District 14 A-AA South Division match at Chester County.
“My guys were hungry for this game,” Chester County coach Jason Judd said. “We were untested, and these guys knew what was at stake.”
Chester County (3-0, 3-0) is a win over Fayette-Ware away from winning the No. 1 seed in the South Division and earning the right to host the District 14 A-AA tournament. Lexington falls to 6-2-2 (2-1).
The game time was changed to 4 p.m. to try and avoid the weather, but the game didn’t start until 5:05 p.m. waiting on an official. The match also had a 20-minute delay late in the second half when Lexington’s Austin Lindsey went down with a shoulder injury.
After regulation, there was a 35-minute lightning delay.
With 1:14 gone in overtime, Chester County senior Brennan Conaway sent a cross into the box right in front of the goal mouth. The ball deflected off of a Lexington player into the goal.
“We feel accomplished,” Conaway said. “This is our biggest rival.
“Through the delays, we had to just keep thinking about the games. We couldn’t let the guys talk about other things.”
Conaway played a big part in the Eagles’ offense throughout the match with long free kicks, runs into the box and ball control. With 25 minutes remaining in regulation, it was his penalty kick that tied the match 1-1.
“When they scored, we couldn’t drop our heads,” Conaway said. “We had to keep playing and the goals would come.”
Four minutes later, Chester County junior Ryan Stanfill had a chance to give the Eagles the lead, but his shot deflected off the crossbar.
Lexington’s opening goal came on the Tigers’ lone shot on goal in the first half as junior Jace Vestal beat two Chester County defenders before scoring.
“We played a similar style of play, and it was anyone’s game,” Judd said.
This was the Chester County seniors’, as well as Judd’s, first win over Lexington in boys’ soccer.