Can Lexington ground the high-flying Owls?

Lexington Sporting Club return to Toyota Stadium this Saturday to take on Union Omaha for just the 2nd time in 40 days – the same amount of time since their last win (2-0 over Chattanooga.) Lexington SC will take the field for the first time in their new “All Black Everything” kits for the 7 pm EST/6 pm CST kickoff. Lexington SC is asking all fans coming out to wear all-black for the match.

The Owls of Omaha come into Lexington flying high and fast, having won 4 of their last 5 matches, falling to Northern Colorado (by far the best Team in USL1) this past Saturday but bouncing back, beating One Knoxville 2-1 with a stoppage-time winner on Tuesday night. 
On the other hand, Lexington comes into the match on a 4-match-losing streak after going on a 5-match unbeaten streak. Coach Stockley has a tough test ahead of him to avoid 5 straight losses, but there is hope for Lexington to escape this match with points and even a win.
Omaha comes into this matchup on a tear, scoring 9 goals across 5 matches, and will likely be a formidable opponent for Lexington to grab points from. However, the Owls will be without their starting center/left back Luca Mastrantonio, who picked up a straight red card on Tuesday against One Knox for a questionable slide tackle he committed in the 82nd minute. This booking and many other questionable calls by the refs for Omaha over the past few matches led to Coach Dominic Casciato’s calling for the league to step in and address the issues of inconsistent refereeing this season. If you plan to watch the match, I will pay close attention to how the match is called, primarily how the refs handle Union Omaha. The Owls have a quick turnaround to make in order to win in Lexington, but they have the attacking talent to keep themselves in the match even on tired legs.
Lexington is desperate for a win, as they are nearly 1.5 months since their last victory, and I feel the cards are in their favor to pull out a victory. Lexington has nowhere to go but up at this point in the season, with Chattanooga and Fuego right behind the boys in green by just 1 point, and has recently dropped to last in the league in the power rankings. Lexington’s attack is situated for a breakout performance against Omaha, especially since they peppered Fuego’s Mitchell North all match long; North was unstoppable, putting in a performance that earned him Team of the Week honors. Coach Stockley has the players with the attacking ability to make Omaha play on their backfoot for most of the game and can send Omaha back to Nebraska pointless if they can find the back of the net. The debut of the All Black kits and the nearly 3-week gap between home matches has Toyota Stadium set to be rowdy all night long, playing to Lexington’s strength at home, where they have just a -2 goal difference but a positive goal difference of +2 if you factor out the Tormenta beat down. 
Lexington’s defense will need to gain control of their box and prevent the ball-watching they have been doing recently. The backline must attack and pressure any Owls entering their box and will need to see more midfield support to give the Owls some trouble getting shots on goal. Brandon Mays of USL League One Review did a tremendous tactical analysis of these flaws and how Stockley could fix these issues in a fantastic thread on Twitter.
Players to Watch
Noe Meza – The man crucial to Omaha’s high-flying attack contributing to 10 out of their 25 goals scored with his 9 goals and 1 assist on the season, will be the focal point for Lexington’s defense that will need to step up in the box and force the ball of Meza because 8 of his 9 goals have come from inside the box.
Ates Diouf – Lexington’s Senegalese superstar, has performed many hero performances throughout the season. LSC will likely need another one out of him on Saturday night if they want to pull out the victory. Can Omaha handle The Truth without Martrantoni?
Game Prediction
Lexington SC 1-1 Union Omaha

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