Lexington Sporting Club suffered a 1-0 defeat in its final home match of its inaugural professional season at Toyota Stadium, being bested by North Carolina FC.
The loss brings the club’s record to 7-14-10 (31 points), falling to 10th in the league standings. The result also saw North Carolina move to 18-7-6 (60 points), standing at 2nd in the league.
Lexington SC entered the match on the back of a 2-2 draw on the road against Forward Madison FC. The match saw the first ever professional goal for Kimball Jackson.
Both sides applied the pressure out of the gate, but it was the visitors who would break through first, scoring what would ultimately be the only goal of the contest in the 29th minute courtesy of Oalex Anderson.
Going into the half down 1-0, Lexington SC fans would have no way of preparing for the sloppy second half both teams would present.
Between both clubs the second half of play saw 11 yellow cards and three red cards, two of which were straight reds to Lexington’s Terique and Carolina’s Devin Benton in stoppage time.
Amidst that chaos, neither side was able to find the net further, resulting in the full-time whistle bringing the 1-0 final and bringing Lexington’s overall home record to 6-4-6.
North Carolina FC controlled the possession in the match, holding the ball 50.9% of the time while also winning in expected goals, seeing a 2.42 to 0.41 advantage.
Next up for Lexington SC the boys in green will conclude their first ever professional season on the road against Greenville Triumph SC. That game is scheduled for October 14.
Lexington SC thanks its fans for a successful inaugural professional season and looks forward to returning to home action for the 2024 USL season.
About Lexington Sporting Club
Lexington Sporting Club is a U.S. Soccer professional soccer club competing in USL League One (U.S. Soccer third division men’s professional soccer), and in USL Super League (women’s professional soccer launching in 2024). The two professional teams are the pinnacle of the soccer ecosystem in Lexington that features more than 1,400 players within its youth and academy systems. Lexington SC in the process of building the club’s formal stadium, performance center and training fields.