Despite starting the season with a virtually all-new starting lineup, the Lexington boys soccer team had a good season in 2009. The Wildcats closed with a 16-9 record, finished in a tie for fourth place in Region 5-4A and advanced to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Along the way, the Wildcats presented coach Will Gettys with his 100th career win.
“It was basically a brand new team this season,” said Gettys. “We had two returning starters from 2008, but neither of them played this year due to injuries. We were also hurt with several other injuries throughout the season, which forced us to move people around and tinker with the lineup continuously. The boys played hard all year and had a solid season, winning a playoff game at Summerville. We won 16 games, which was one more than last year's team.”
Sophomore midfielder Ryan Freiburger, senior defender Stephen Fisher and senior keeper Bradley Lee were Lexington’s all-region picks. Frieburger led the team in scoring with 18 goals and three assists. Fisher was the anchor of the defensive crew that help Moore and Michael Lee combine for a school-record 15 shutouts.
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The graduation toll will be heavy with the departure of Fisher, Justin Brown, David Pent, Wes Daniels and Rhett Park.
Michael Lee, a junior, will be the main keeper next season. Daniel Beaty, Daniel Ruiz, Jay Lloyd, Blake Sox and Freiburger are the other starters expected to return next spring.
“We have a solid group of players returning for 2010,” said Gettys. “A lot of the players gained valuable experience this season, and that should pay dividends next year. I think we should be a better team next year, as long as they continue to work hard. Hopefully, we'll have a little better luck with injuries.”