“That was a great cross by Chilton,” said Magazzu. “He did all the work, and I just put it in the net. We knew what we had to do, but it took us a while to get going. We didn’t want this to be our last 40 minutes, especially on our field. Now we’re going to the semifinals.”
Chilton had faith that one of his teammates would be in position to put his cross away. He had a defender draped all over him, but managed to keep possession and make a perfect cross.
“I just tried to poke it across,” said Chilton. “I knew someone would be there, and Magazzu was in the right spot. Lexington came out so hard it was a wake up call for us, and at halftime we talked about the need to pick it up and come out harder.”
The Minutemen liked to attack through the middle, and senior center midfielder Matt Edmonds used his speed and skill to feed striker Shant Mahokian, who made several good runs especially in the first half.
“At halftime we changed formations,” said Crowell. “They were really controlling the midfield so we had to do something different. Early on they had it all over us, but were not getting many quality chances. That No. 8 (Edmonds) and 6 (Mahokian) are both players. We had Lanza and Peter Kilcommons covering them in the second half which limited their opportunities.”
Rowell finished with five saves, and came up big when he had to. Lexington’s best scoring chance came with 12 minutes left when Jake Douvas got by the defense to break in alone on Rowell, but his shot just missed the left corner.
“Zach didn’t give him anything,” said Crowell. “He made himself big and got the forward to push it wide.”