Fairfield boys’ soccer team edged Monday
The regularly heated rivalry between Fairfield and Mount Pleasant came as advertised, and it came down to the final seconds. Still, for Fairfield’s head coach Felisto Guezimane, the game didn’t go as expected.
Missed chances marred the Trojans in Monday’s Southeast Conference soccer matchup, and Mount Pleasant made its opportunities count in a 3-2 victory at Trojan Stadium. Roan Bachar and Austin Lauderman scored the goals for Fairfield.
“We were expecting to win the game, but we gave up some crucial shots at the start,” Guezimane said. “We can’t afford to make some of the mistakes we made. It was just a lack of concentration.”
The lack of concentration showed up early as the Trojans let a goal slip through just one minute into the game. The host team then had plenty of chances to answer back in the early going but failed to capitalize until Bachar scored on a penalty kick in the game’s 20th minute.
The tie score was fleeting, though, as the Panthers came right back with a penalty kick of their own and entered the locker room up 2-1.
Mount Pleasant upped its lead to 3-1 less than three minutes into the second half, and the visitors held their two-goal lead until Lauderman netted a goal with 10 minutes to go. Despite a valiant effort and several shot attempts in the closing moments, the Trojans were unable to tack on the tying goal.
“We had a good game plan, I thought, but the shots were off. We had some shots we should’ve made in the first half, and in the second half I think we got a little nervous and rushed a little bit,” said Guezimane, who added he was still pleased with the hustle his players showed in the second half.
“We hustled pretty well. We played hard, but we have to finish the chances that we make. The chances don’t come that often, so when they come we have to make it count,” he said.
After winning two straight games last week, the Trojans currently sit at 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the SEC.
In the JV game, Fairfield flipped the later game’s score around for a 3-2 win over the visiting Panthers. Solomon Constance, Nathan Haerr and Jonah Marks each scored for the Trojans.
Fairfield continues its homestand Thursday vs. Washington. With no JV game scheduled, varsity starts at 5:30 p.m. in Fairfield.