The 2017 Cats Kick Cancer Kickoff Classic was marked by great weather, big crowds, and a Lexington Wildcat championship. In 4 games over the weekend, the host team held their opponents to just 1 goal.
In their opening match on Friday afternoon, Lexington dominated Summerville and posted a 4-0 win. Senior midfielder Bradley Anderson scored first off a corner kick to make it 1-0. Freshman Josh Bruinsma got the assist. After senior Sam Plumer’s direct kick was blocked, senior Stephen Bailey netted the rebound to put his team up by 2. In the second half, with 25 minutes remaining, junior forward Campbell Shealy found the net and the Cats were cruising to the 1st Round win. Later in the half, errant Summerville ball handling led to a deflection that ended up in the Wildcat goal and the final was Lexington 4, Summerville 0.
After an early wakeup call on Saturday morning, the Wildcats met a tough Dreher Blue Devil team at 9 AM. The lone goal of the match occurred with 9 minutes left in the first half when Lexington’s Campbell Shealy scored off a rebound from 12 yards out. The Wildcats stayed undefeated with the 1-0 win.
It was another 1-goal match Saturday afternoon against Aiken. After a scoreless first half, senior captain Sam Plumer directed the ball between the Hornet keeper and the right pipe on a direct kick. The Lexington defense preserved the 1-0 shutout and the Cats were headed to the championship game
On Championship Sunday, it was Lexington and South Aiken competing for the title. The Wildcats took the lead when a Sam Plumer blocked shot was directed in off a header by senior forward Kolin Fringer. The 1-0 lead held up until, with 1 minute to play, the Thoroughbreds scored on a rebound to tie it up at 1 apiece. Every good tournament has a signature moment and that’s what came next as Lexington quickly advanced the ball the length of the field. Sam Plumer’s shot was blocked but Kolin Fringer was there again and knocked it in for the game and tourney winner. In the final, it was Lexington 2, South Aiken 1.
Earlier in the day, in the 3rd place match, Dreher defeated Spring Valley 2-0. It was Aiken over Greenwood 5-3 in the 5th place match and Summerville edged White Knoll 3-2 for 7th place.
Lexington begins the 2017 season with a 4-0 mark and is back in action this Wednesday when the face Fort Mill at Wildcat Stadium at 7:30 PM.