Bachar, Trojan boys catch fire in 8-3 win
The Trojan boys’ soccer team was as cold as the weather to start their home game vs. Southeast Conference foe Fort Madison on Tuesday.
It didn’t take them too long to heat up.
Led by a four-goal performance from senior Roan Bachar, the Trojans erased an early three-point deficit and scored eight straight goals — seven of them coming in the second half alone — to rout Fort Madison 8-3 at Trojan Stadium.
“The first half was a disaster. We started the game very slow and not concentrating, and we gave it away,” Fairfield head coach Felisto Guezimane said. “We showed our true team in the second half. We played to our expectations, and the players reacted very positively.”
The win — and the ability to score seven goals in a half — was a much-needed confidence boost for the Trojans.
“It feels good because that’s what we should be doing every game, but we kind of came unprepared, I’d say,” said Bachar. “Everyones’ heads weren’t in the game to start, and after talking some sense into some people they picked up their game, and then we started playing like we should.”
In fact, the later half might have been the Trojans’ most complete 40-minute stretch of the season.
After entering the break down 3-1, the Trojans stormed out of the locker room looking like a new, more intense team. Just two minutes into the second half, junior Nathan Haerr placed a shot over the Bloodhound goalie’s head to cut the deficit to one. Then, after missing much of the first half, junior teammate Austin Lauderman knotted the game up at 3-all with a goal of his own in the 46th minute.
Both teams played even until the 57th minute, and that’s when the floodgates really opened for the home team. Bachar scored his second goal on a penalty kick to break the tie and hand Fairfield its first lead, and the senior again found the back of the net 10 minutes later to up the lead to two.
Solomon Constance scored off a cheer-inducing assist from Lauderman with 10 minutes left on the clock, and both Bachar and Constance tacked on a pair of goals within a 19-second span in the final two minutes.
“The thing that really makes us play a lot better is when we pick up the intensity and pressure the ball everywhere because once we get them pushed into their defensive half that’s when we score goals,” said Bachar, who scored the Trojans only goal in the frigid first half.
Fort Madison scored its first goal within the game’s first four minutes, then snuck in a second goal at the eighth minute. Things went from bad to worse for the Trojans when Fort Madison tacked on a third straight point off a penalty kick before Bachar’s goal landed midway through the period.
The controversial call to hand Fort Madison a penalty kick didn’t sit well with Guezimane. The head coach defended his player for making what he felt was an aggressive but legal play.
“The third goal was a complete fabricated call. There was no penalty kick there,” said Guezimane, who was shown the yellow card for arguing the call.
Bachar contributed his team’s slow start to a number of factors, but all of them correctable ones.
“I think the weather and knowing that Fort Madison wasn’t that great [contributed],” the senior said. “Some people didn’t show up on time, and everyone wasn’t really mentally prepared.”
In addition to scoring two goals, Constance distributed two assists. Lauderman and Jonah Marks both supplied two assists and Haerr handed out one. Bachar finished the game with eight shots on goal, while Darrin Dimmitt and Marks also had two shots on goal apiece.
Guezimane said he was especially impressed with the play of five Trojans on Tuesday.
“It’s hard for me to pinpoint one player, but Roan played very well. Solomon played well and so did Nathan [Barker] and Mason [Carnahan]. Austin wasn’t even supposed to play, but I had to put him in the second half ... and he did very good,” he said.
Next up for the Trojans (4-4, 2-1 SEC) is a game at SEC rival Mount Pleasant on Thursday. The Trojans look to avenge their 3-2 loss from earlier in the season, and Bachar believes his team has the momentum to do so.
“It’s confidence that we needed to take to Mount Pleasant on Thursday to show that we can score goals and finish,” Bachar said.