Those connected to the Fairfield boys’ soccer team left Dexter Soccer Complex frustrated Monday night after the Trojans fell to 5-5 overall with a 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Iowa Mennonite School.
“It was a game we should have won fairly easily,” described head coach Felisto Guezimane, “but we don’t take care of chances and play the way we are supposed to play.”
The first score of the game came early when IMS senior forward Louis Etienne found the back of the net.
“It was a pass from my teammate where I beat the defender and was left with just me and the goalie and I don’t remember where I put the ball exactly, but it was in the net.”
FHS responded to tie it at 1-1 when Eli Moore scored the equalizer.
“Landen [Schafer] passed it to Juan [Rojo] and Juan played it through to Leone [Gichure]. Leone took a touch and it kind of bobbled and I said ‘here let me go’ and I ran through and cut back on the defender about the six-yard box and I basically just hit it as hard as I could and it went in top corner.”
Unfortunately, IMS regained the lead just before the half when senior midfielder Jacob Boller scored on a penalty kick.
“There was a handball in the box and the coach called me to take it. It was 1-1, so I knew I better not miss it. I put it in the bottom corner, right by the goalie. He guessed right and made a good play, but I got it by him and it felt good.”
First half we had a lot of intensity,” said Moore. “As the game progressed, especially in the final few minutes, we just messed up on the basics and that’s what hurt us today.”
Late in the game, Fairfield did receive a call in the box that led to a penalty kick that was taking by the sophomore Rojo.
“Last year, Chaysten [Titus] always taught me to pick a side and stick with it,” explained Rojo. “I chose the left side and I was confident and just took it. It was a close one and had me worried but it went in, so it was good.”
With the game tied at two, FHS seemed to be the favorite to collect the win.
“We dominated and they only had 1-2 half chances and yet we’re going to overtime where they get one chance and they win the game,” said a frustrated Felisto. “It’s just one of those losses that I don’t know what to say. Too many mental mistakes and defensively we can’t stop anyone at this point. We are halfway through the season and we are making the same mistakes as the first game. The players are not focused.”
Freshman Isaac Rosales agrees there is a problem, but thinks it is fixable.
“We just weren’t communicating as much as we needed to, but I think we can correct it in practice.”
Midway through the first overtime, IMS senior Louis Etienne won the contest with his second netter of the day.
“It was a cross from our defender Cody Jones and I beat one defender between his legs. Then I saw the goalie shifting because he thought I was going to cross it back, so I shot it and it went in.”
Fairfield is now 5-5 overall and 3-1 in SEC play with their next match Thursday at Mt. Pleasant with major implications on the conference race.