Ottumwa tops Fairfield boys’ soccer
OTTUMWA — The scoring drought continued for the Fairfield boys’ soccer team as it surrendered a 2-0 loss to the Ottumwa Bulldogs Tuesday night in Ottumwa.
Just one day earlier, the Trojans fell to Knoxville by a final of 1-0.
And on Tuesday, the Trojans were experiencing the wear and tear that inevitably comes with playing two games in two days. The Trojans, who were already missing senior Darrin Dimmitt, started the second half without other starters Nathan Barker and Austin Lauderman, forcing head coach Felisto Guezimane to change the formation of the team.
“We’re definitely missing Darrin in the lineup due to injury but will continue to push forward, and maybe our fortunes will change. Hopefully Nathan comes back for Thursday’s game at Keokuk. With a thin roster, I’ll have to rely more on JV players to fill in,” Guezimane said.
Both teams stayed locked up in a scoreless game most of the first half, but the visiting Trojans conceded a penalty kick 35 minutes into the game to put Ottumwa up 1-0.
“We played against a pretty good team last night, but we did play well in the first half,” Guezimane noted.
In the second half, Ottumwa increased the pressure and scored its second goal midway through the period. Fairfield responded with several counterattacks but failed to score.
Fairfield (3-4, 1-1 Southeast Conference) travels to Keokuk for a tough conference matchup Thursday.