The Trojan boys’ soccer team moved one-step closer to another conference championship with a 2-1 victory over Fort Madison Thursday night at Dexter Soccer Complex.
“I like that warm weather,” admitted sophomore standout Xavier Kapijimpanga, “but sometimes the cooler weather can give an advantage to teams like us who train in the cold during preseason.”
“It was a great win,” added head coach Felisto Guezimane. “We took a big step to clinching the conference title. We are starting to click at the right time. We’re passing the ball well and controlling the tempo of the game.”
The victory left Fairfield with a 5-1 record in the SEC with two games to play while Fort Madison finished the conference with a 5-3 mark. Mt. Pleasant is 5-2 with one game remaining at Washington, a team they defeated 7-0 on April 22. The Trojans host SEC foe Keokuk Monday and Washington on Thursday with FHS having already beaten those two schools by a combined score of 7-2.
All three scores were netted in the first half with the Trojans holding a 2-1 advantage at the half.
“I was in the middle and Leone passed me the ball back,” explained junior midfielder Adrian Restrepo. “I just shot it in the goal, bottom right. It was more aim. I didn’t hit it hard, but I always know it’s going to go in.”
The other Trojan goal was more of a team effort.
“I controlled it one-touch with my right foot and I saw Landen sprinting through the middle,” explained senior Nick Frisbie. “I just layed it perfectly in front of him and he took a few touches and just blasted it.”
Fairfield sophomore Landen Schafer played middle-man and collected the assist.
“Nick played me a through ball and I took a couple of touches and then crossed it into Eli who was there for the one-touch.”
“We were kind of passing through the midfield and Frisbie played a through ball to Landen,” recalled Moore who finished the opportunity. “He crossed it in to me for a one-timer and I just finished it into the corner.”
Fort Madison did have one score that came from a penalty kick.
“No. 11 Austin Sexson was dribbling in the box and one of us stuck our foot out and clipped him,” described senior defender Kobe Navesse. “He fell and they gave him a PK and he converted on it.”
What goes through a defenders mind when the opponent scores?
“Normally I think about what happened and how we can prevent it from happening again,” said the soon-to-be graduate.
With just a few minutes remaining on the clock, FHS appeared to seal Fort Madison’s fate with a third goal, however, referee Felipe Navesse saw it differently, creating some fun debate between family.
“The ball was in the air and Juan [Rojo] is great with headers. He gave me a perfect ball and then I swear to God I jumped onsides. The ball skimmed the defenders head and rolled on the grass and then the keeper came out so I took a touch and got passed him and was wide open [for the goal.] I started celebrating and was having a lot of fun and then he called me offsides. When I see Felipe at home, we’re going to have a talk for sure.”
Felipe declined to make an official comment to the media.
Fairfield has games at West Liberty Friday before hosting Keokuk and Oskaloosa Monday and Tuesday, respectively. The Trojans will end their regular season at Washington May 16.
“We need to stay focused and pay attention to potential runs,” added the defender Navesse. “West Liberty is going to be a lot of fast dribbling and quick foot movement and running on the sides with crosses towards the middle.”