Trojan boys shock Little Dutch; girls shut out
PELLA — Senior Roan Bachar scored a goal minutes into the second half Thursday, and the Fairfield boys’ soccer team held on to shock sixth-ranked Pella 1-0.
Bachar received a pass on the right wing, dribbled past a defender and took a difficult shot from a tight angle for the only point the Trojans would need. The goal came at the 50th minute.
“Starting the second half we were exactly where we wanted. We knew if we could hold them off for 40 minutes then we could make a run in the second half,” said Fairfield head coach Felisto Guezimane.
Bachar was awarded the team’s Player of the Game award following the win.
“Roan did a terrific job in the midfield. He helped out on defense throughout the game,” said Guezimane.
Pella pressured the Trojans the remaining 30 minutes, but the visitors stuck with their game plan to perfection.
“We knew going into Pella that it would be a tough game ... It was a gutsy performance from the Trojans,” said Guezimane.
Spencer Peterman was credited with 12 saves in the contest. Guezimane also said the back line consisting of Randy Anderman, Nathan Barker, Mason Carnahan and Arwin Shrestha was “phenomenal.”
“It was one nail-biting game, but we played a pretty awesome game. Overall it was a great team effort,” Guezimane added.
In JV action, the boys’ lost an equally close game 1-0.
The Trojans host Mount Pleasant in a varsity-JV doubleheader Monday. Start time is 5:30 p.m.
Girls blanked 8-0
The Pella girls’ soccer team scored twice before halftime and poured in three straight goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half en route to an 8-0 shutout win over Fairfield Thursday at Trojan Stadium.
The final score, although lopsided, revealed some progress for the Trojans.
“This is the first time the FHS girls have completed a game against Pella without getting mercy-ruled,” noted varsity coach Michiel Hekker.
The coach added praise for a pair of Trojans and their performances.
“Keri Schwarz and Brandi Rude both had outstanding performances. Keri had over 25 saves as the goalkeeper, and Brandi’s hard work ethic and physical play were another reason we were able to stay on the pitch for the full 80 minutes,” he said.
The Trojans are 1-1 after the non-conference loss. They have yet to play a game in the Southeast Conference, but that will all change with a scheduled game at rival Mount Pleasant on Monday.
Hekker remains confident in his squad headed into conference play.
“I am confident we will win the conference this year as long as we stay positive, play united, and continue to grow as a team,” the coach said.