LEXINGTON — Lexington senior Addie Boyce has returned home from Lady Lakes win 5-0 against Mansfield Senior On August 31st, a sense of accomplishment.
It was her team’s first win of the 2023 season and second in the Ohio Cardinal Conference this week. As she tossed her soccer bag on the floor of her room, she grabbed her phone to check her messages. And on the waiting list, Lexington’s big fellow Terrence Corbin called with a text message on her phone.
The conversation centered around football and how well Boyce played defense against the Tygers. Boyce, Ohio State fullback in 2022, He picked Corbin’s mind on what she could do better and how he was going to handle the situation that came up in the game. while all, Corbyn was studying How Boyce handled various attacks from opposing teams so he could add that to his game as a defensive-minded Minutemen player.
The two senior teams led their teams to the District II Championship last year, Corbin’s team scored the fifth goal in a rowThanks to their excellent defensive play, and now, in 2023, they’re back at it again. Selfless defense, ingratitude, physical, bruising, and courage is what Corbyn and Boyce introduce themselves on the field. And it’s perfectly fine that they don’t take any credit for any of it.
“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Corbyn said. “I have great teammates around me and if they get recognition I’ll be just as happy as if I do. As long as we keep our heads around, stay consistent on the defensive side and win, that’s all the credit I get.” searching for.”
“I don’t like the attention, so the ungrateful part of it is that I’m totally fine,” Boyce said. “No attention should be given to me at all. As long as I’m helping the team, my name shouldn’t be everywhere for that.”
Terrance Corbin has asked to play a new position
Over the past three years, Corbin has been a fixture in the Lexington defense Learning from some of the best players ever. In the past year, he has taken on a last line defense role and has thrived. He earned first team All-District and first team All-Ohio Cardinal Conference helping the team achieve nine shutouts and a 15-5-1 record. They were a well deserved honor but the one he was most proud of was the district title when the Minutemen beat Ontario 2-0.
And it wasn’t because of the knockout, but because his team secured the No. 1 goal of the season.
“Everyone wants to be that guy, but I’ve always put the team first,” Corbin said. “I want to win. We have collective goals and I want to achieve them more than anything else. I’d rather go deep into the tournament with my team than achieve personal goals and sit at home while everyone plays in the regional tournament.”
But now, Corbin is being asked to play a new position as a defensive midfielder who will also have a role in some attacking. It’s unfamiliar territory, but so far so good. He already has a goal as the Minutemen are 4-0 with two shutouts and a 26-2 scoring advantage with two shutouts. Needless to say, Corbyn is coping well.
“I love it,” Corbyn said. “It’s okay. We just have to work on some things in the middle to make us more efficient, but it will get better as the season goes on and we feel more comfortable. It takes more running, but it’s kind of like I’ve taken the weight off my shoulders because I’m not the last line of defense anymore.” . I never want to make a mistake, but if I do in this new position, there is someone standing behind me to lift me up.”
Lexington coach Peter Thiem knows Corbin can play nearly every position on the field. Having developed his main attacking weapon last season, he considered putting Corbin up front in attack as he was so good on the ball. Then, he thought with his skill set, Corbin would thrive in midfield and Thiem was right.
And they said, “I think we’re out of the loop at this point.” “Brodie Eric is a great defender and he took that role for us. At the start of the year we were looking at all the pieces and where and how they fit together and the athleticism of Terrance coupled with Brodie’s strengths are things we have to look at.” “Take advantage. This is the best way to do it. We won’t be afraid to bring down Terrence again and push Brody out if the situation requires it. In order for Terrence to feel more comfortable in his new position, I fear for his opponents.”
Addy Boyce and the love of defense
Like them, Lexington girls’ soccer coach Buck Morton fears for Boyce’s opponents. Not that Boyce would be one of those defenders who makes players pay for the thought of attacking her side of the pitch. Not that Boyce would run a tough tackle to make people think twice before scoring, and certainly not because Boyce would put someone on the floor just to send a message.
Instead, Boyce is shrewd in her approach to defending.
“It’s very good,” Morton said. “The thing she does very well is when people get past our outside fullback and they get all that space, she cuts in from the sides, takes the ball, turns it around, doesn’t take it out of bounds and puts it back in our favor and it’s left the other team wondering where it came from. She’s so smart. We’re kidding because I call her a graduate assistant even though she hasn’t graduated yet.She sees everything so well and is so strong that it’s almost unfair to her because when she makes mistakes, we wonder how.She’s that good.
And she’s very smart. Boyce’s style of defense revolves around staying two steps ahead of her opponent. You stand back to scan the field and remember where everyone is on the field and what can happen with a pass here or there. And she’s always taking inventory of what her next move will be in the event of one of those passes.
“The most important thing for me is to keep running,” Boyce said. “I play the deepest role so I can see what might happen next, and if that happens, I want to make sure I know where to go and when I have to do it. Defending is about planning ahead.”
This excites her more than scoring goals. Boyce was a forward during her youth football days, and knows the joys of scoring all too well, but she doesn’t even come close to the excitement she feels when her team scores zero.
“I love it,” Boyce said. “It’s always good to score goals, but at the end of the day you have to play defense. It doesn’t feel like an unnecessary part of the game. I have the skills for that. I started playing defense at the club. Having always played as a striker, but my first game There I fell in love with her.”
However, she does not mind sending a goal into the net before the season ends. You didn’t score a single goal last year when you took Ohio State honors, but who wouldn’t want to score?
“That’s my first-year goal to score at least once this season,” Boyce said. “I scored a goal at JV as a freshman, but it doesn’t count, and at the same time, I’d feel so much better if I could save the goal line than score a goal any day.”
Boyce and Corbin help each other reach new heights
While the two continue their text chat about their games, they always leave the same way – better, smarter footballers, better friends.
“We’re friends and we talk a lot about football,” Corbyn said. “We had a class together last year and we talked a lot about the game. We talked about our positions and how our team works and that helps because she knows a lot about football. She will always win the ball when it comes to that.” She is an amazing defender and was featured on the District Championship team. She’s very smart.”
Boyce admits she feels like she’s in a better place as a soccer player after their talks.
“All the time,” Boyce said. It’s very nice because he understands exactly what I’m saying and we use the same terms. We think exactly the same way. It’s great for me because it’s almost like a peer review type. He can tell me what I did and I tell him what he did and we work it out together so we can improvement.”
This is a scary idea. Both All-Ohioan in Boyce and future All-Ohioan in Corbin continue to get better with each passing game and conversation. It’s no surprise that the Minutemen are favorites to win their sixth consecutive Division II District Championship and the Lady Lex are on track to pull off another postseason miracle when the Lady Lex win the championship. 2022 regional title by defeating Madison 2-1 in a penalty shootout, Claire Fork 2-1 in the regional semifinals and Ontario 2-1 in overtime to claim the title.
Of Corbyn, they said: “He’s an extraordinary boy and an exceptional athlete.” “I’ve never met a person in or outside the village of Lexington who has something negative to say about a kid. He has that thing about him, the ‘it’ factor, playing the game with perfect passion and intelligence.” It’s hard to put into words just how smart he is on the field. He’s always having a good time and having fun, and sometimes it seems like he’s playing with people just because he loves the challenge and the moment.”
Curiously, Morton almost echoed their thoughts on Corbyn to his thoughts on Boyce.
“It’s as good as we’ve ever had,” Morton said. “She’s looking forward to being a two-time All-Ohio State player and that’s impressive. We have such confidence in her and she has so much confidence in herself that we’re not afraid of anybody beating us 1-on-1. We always feel that ‘Addie will redirect and return the ball to our side of the field.” pitch. It’s very special.”
As the season goes on, the wins will pile up, the texting will continue, the picking out will be endless and both Corbin and Boyce will be better at it as their matches continue to mirror each other.
This article originally appeared in the Mansfield News: Lexington boys and girls soccer is in better shape thanks to Terrence Corbin and Addie Boyce