WASHINGTON — Lincoln made a final push to get within a goal of Pike Central in their first round Class 2A Washington Sectional match Monday, but the Alices' final attack was flagged offsides, and the Chargers ran out the clock for a 2-1 boys soccer win.
Adolfo Ubaldo made the Lincoln goal on a penalty kick with 1:12 remaining. The Alices (3-14-1) quickly regained possession on the ensuing kickoff and had momentum up the sideline before being called offsides. The Chargers (11-6-1) took their time on the free kick that followed and booted it down field to run out the clock before Lincoln formed another attack.
After a scoreless first half, Alices' keeper Lucas Hunt made a nice diving save early in the second half to keep it 0-0. Pike Central finally got on the board in the 54th minute when Ethan Scott's shot deflected off a Lincoln player and into the net. Hunt moved in an attempt to stop Scott's shot, but the ricochet left him out of position.
A little over five minutes later, Hunt was called for a foul in the box which gave the Chargers a penalty kick. Scott was true on his shot to the left side, and the 2-0 margin stood until the 79th minute.
It was the final match for seniors Hunt, Ubaldo, Logan Anderson and Ashtin Russell.
Pike Central advances to Wednesday's 6 p.m. semifinal against No. 5 Washington, which rolled over Southridge earlier Monday 7-0. No. 16 Gibson Southern and Princeton have the second semifinal Wednesday.