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  • Writer's pictureBayLeigh Routt

Back on Home Turf

After 56 days of traveling for away matches, Saturday, June 6, marked a special occasion: Lexington Sporting Club finally returned home this weekend. Personally, I was thrilled to be back at the stadium, ready to work another thrilling home match. Albeit stressful, working for a professional soccer team is a dream come true for many, myself included. Each match is filled with the buzz of anticipation and the satisfaction of contributing to something much larger than oneself.

There's something truly magical about home matches. It's not just about the familiar stadium or the comfort of routine; it's about the energy that fills the air as thousands of passionate fans gather to support their team. The past 2 months have been a whirlwind of away matches, each with its own challenges and victories. Every away game is an opportunity to showcase our team's resilience and determination, but being away also means missing the electric atmosphere of our home stadium, where our fans create an unparalleled ambiance that fuels our players and staff alike.

This weekend Lexington fans were ecstatic to welcome the lads back home and cheer them onto victory. As we prepared to host our opponents on our own turf, there's an undeniable sense of anticipation in the air. The stadium buzzed with activity as our dedicated team of staff and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure everything is set for kick-off. Unfortunately, the match wasn't the welcome home anyone expected. In the eighth minute, Union Omaha scored a penalty kick after one of Lexington's players fouled in the penalty box.

From there, Lexington seemed to lose all momentum and logic. Union Omaha scored 4 goals within the first 39 minutes. Lexington managed to score once in the second half; we snagged a second goal when Union Omaha scored in their own goal. Lexington lost 2-4 against Union Omaha. Fans and players alike felt very defeated, as this was not the outcome anyone wanted for our first home match in nearly 2 months. The magic that was in the air at the beginning of the nightly slowly faded as the stadium emptied.

BayLeigh wearing a dark green t-shirt with "LEX GO" I

Despite the results, I was happy to finally be back at the stadium. For me personally, returning home means reconnecting with familiar faces—both among the staff and the fans. It's about sharing in the excitement of the loyal supporters who have been eagerly awaiting our return. The camaraderie among colleagues grows stronger as we unite to deliver yet another unforgettable match day experience.

But beyond the logistics and the routine, there's a deep sense of pride in what we do. Working for a professional soccer team isn't just a job; it's a passion. As the clock ticks down to kick-off, the anticipation reaches its peak. The stadium lights illuminate the field, and the roar of the crowd fills the air. It's moments like these that remind me why I enjoy what I do: to share in the joy and excitement of the beautiful game. The Lads will take the field again at home this coming Saturday against South Georgia Tormenta FC.

Here's to another thrilling match day—and may the odds be ever in our favor!


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