Fairfield tempted fate again Thursday night when they allowed a weaker opponent to take an early lead on them during their 3-1 home conference victory over Washington.
“Sometimes we think that because we were conference champs last year that we can just show up and we’ll win,” admitted senior defensive leader Kobe Navesse, “but we need to remember that we still need to work for it.”
“It’s very frustrating how we start games,” repeated head coach Feliston Guezimane. “The first goal was a complete meltdown in the back and I don’t know how they let that ball in. They’re not focused and we’ve been struggling with it all season and we keep starting games very, very slow and aren’t concentrating and then we have to climb back. I told them to stop doing that because we found out Monday that it doesn’t always work like that.”
Despite falling to Mt. Pleasant 4-3 earlier this week, Fairfield was able to score three unanswered goals and get the SEC victory to improve to 2-1 in the conference with just one game remaining in the first rotation of play.
“I thought that our possession was good today, but we struggled with communication,” admitted forward Leone Gichure. “We were passing well without talking, but it would have been 10x better if we were communicating.”
Washington went up 1-0 when Fabian Dejesus “scored” on an own goal by the Trojans.
“It was headed there anyway,” corrected goalkeeper Maxx Anderson while decleating after the game.
Sophomore Eli Moore equalized the score with about 10 minutes remaining in the opening half.
“I was making a run to the outside and as I was cutting in, [Juan Rojo] sent a ball right between the two center backs and put it right in the middle. Their center back tried flipping it up and it went over his foot and I had an easy tap in.”
Moore then gave the Trojans a 2-1 advantage with his second goal of the day.
“Landen [Schafer] passed the ball through to Nick Frisbie and Frisbie had a hard shot and it went off the post. No one was really reacting and I just went in for an easy tap in to the left side.”
“Honestly, I’m just finding space,” said Moore who has four goals this year after just one as a freshman. “Last season I was a little confused out there just kind of making runs and passes but now the coach has me understanding what runs and passes to make and I worked on it and it’s paid off.”
Freshman Isaac Rosales netter the third goal with around five minutes remaining in the game.
“I saw the open space in the middle and Leone [Gichure] cut outside and got the ball and we made eye contact and he passed the ball to me for a tap in goal to the left side.”
“Juan Rojo was the horse on the team defensively, making all of the runs and stops.”
“Drake [Drish] played very well and that’s why I kept him there for a long time. He’s very smart and understands the game well and makes the right play most of the time.”
“Eli [Moore] was in the right place at the right time, because he is reading the game well which is important.”
“The back line did pretty well for us too tonight, supporting the attack.”
FHS travels to Knoxville to face their non-confernce Class 3A rivals.