Boys' soccer falls in ‘disappointing’ fashion
KNOXVILLE — Out of all the words in the English language, head coach Felisto Guezimane needed just one to sum up his Fairfield boys’ soccer team’s 1-0 loss at Knoxville on Monday.
“Disappointing,” the coach said.
Like it has often been the case this season, missed chances hurt the Trojan boys in Monday’s non-conference tilt. Although the Trojans often looked like the team in control and dominated in time of possession, they missed a floodgate of chances and Knoxville took advantage.
“The best team clearly lost the game tonight. We went back to our old ways of finding ways to not score goals,” Guezimane said. “It feels like we’re playing for ties and not for wins.”
The Trojan defense only afforded Knoxville one chance to score, but the host team made it count for the 1-0 lead. Fairfield, meanwhile, had plenty of chances but still came up empty-handed.
“The defense can only hold so much, but the midfielders and forwards need to start pitching in and do their part. Roan Bachar created so many scoring opportunities, but he’s not getting much support from the rest of the attacking crew and he can’t do it all by himself.”
Yet Guezimane said the Trojans played better than they had been, including recent losses to Mount Pleasant and Centerville.
“The first half was a very good display of soccer. The passing and ball control was very good. We controlled the tempo of the game and didn’t give Knoxville any chances,” said Guezimane. “We could have been at least 3-0 at the half had we finished on those scoring goal opportunities.”
Fairfield (3-3, 1-1 Southeast Conference) will continue searching for answers when it takes a trip to Ottumwa today.
JV boys play Saturday
FORT MADISON — The Trojan boys’ JV soccer team traveled to Fort Madison for tournament play Saturday morning.
The Trojans tied the host Bloodhounds 3-3, but lost to Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley 4-0 each. Solomon Constance scored two goals and Ben Boender added the other for the Trojans.
The JV squad is off until a JV-varsity doubleheader Thursday at Keokuk. The JV game opens competition at 5 p.m.