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Arrows Win 2nd Straight OCC Title

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 10/8/2013

Ashland captured their second straight Ohio Cardinal Conference championship Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over Lexington, in an intense rivalry game that heated up down the stretch.

Arrows captain Zac Ames gave Ashland a 1-0 lead off a Tyson Dishman assist at the 20:58 mark of the first half. Ames says taking an early lead really helped because his team plays solid defense, but knew that Lexington would make a come back eventually.

The teams would go scoreless for the next 46 minutes of action then the intensity began to pick up. The Arrows would strike again with 14:49 remaining in the game off of Dishman's second assist to the head of Aaron Pauly for a 2- nill advantage. Pauly says the team rallied behind his goal because it gave them a more comfortable lead and believes it carried Ashland to a win.

However, the Minutemen would strike back just over a minute later off a corner kick that bounced in off an Ashland defender. Lexington's Bailey Faust received credit for the goal to close the gap down to 2-1 with 13:27 to play.

Pauly was not the least bit surprised the game would come down to the wire, saying, "A conference championship against our rival Lexington, of course it's going to be tight."

The Minutemen turned up the offensive pressure down the stretch, creating a number of scoring opportunities but simply could not find the back of the net. Ashland would hold off a late Lexington surge and celebrate a second straight OCC title on their home field.

The Arrows win marks their 20th straight in OCC play without a loss. The team is now 8-4-3 overall, finishing at 7-0-2 in the conference.

First year head coach Chad Williams says that winning the league crown was one of the first goals the team set in the offseason and gives a lot of credit to his players for accomplishing that feat. Williams says he definitely believes his team will make a run to the third game of the state playoffs and looks forward seeing how far they can go.

   
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