Trojans advance over Washington
It took Sheihk Saine less than a minute to leave his imprint on the second half of the boys’ substate playoff soccer game Thursday between Washington and Fairfield at Trojan Stadium.
Saine couldn’t find any of teammates, so he sent a high looping shot toward the net. It snuck its way over the head of Washington goalie Jacob Baughman, who leapt for the slow moving sphere but couldn’t put a finger on it. Fairfield took the lead and never looked back, scoring four goals in a second half onslaught that gave the Trojans a 5-2 victory over the Demons.
The scoring started with a goal from Toma Bousquet that deflected off of a Washington defender. Baughman was caught out of position by the deflection, and the Trojans took a 1-0 lead. At 24:56 mark in the first half, the Demons answered with a goal from Joe Smith III. Mason Quigley made a perfect pass to Smith, who was streaking down the middle of the field.
The matchup was a draw in every way in the first half. The second half, however, belonged to Fairfield. Two quick goals broke the game open.
“The first half I felt like the momentum was swinging in our favor,” Washington coach Steven Caulk said. “The second half we came out and made two quick mistakes right away. My guys got down, and you can’t get down, you have to keep fighting.”
Bousquet and Solomon Constant both scored two goals on the night. Washington’s second goal was scored by freshman Kyle Anderson.
“We came out in the second half more focused and actually playing our style,” Fairfield coach Felisto Guezimane said. “The first half we were a little lazy, but in the second half we really used our wing players, and that’s our strength.”
The Trojans were able to defeat Washington three out of four times this season.
“Beating a team three out of four times is really difficult,” Constant said. “We came in thinking we might not win, but now we’re just one step closer to state.”
The loss may have knocked Washington out of the playoffs, but it still has a chance to win the Southeast Conference because one more regular season game needs to be played. The Demons will take on Fort Madison in a game that hasn’t been scheduled yet. A win would give Washington the conference title, while a loss would mean it would have to share the title with Fairfield.
Fairfield’s season continues with a trip to play Clear Creek-Amana at noon Saturday in the substate final. The Clippers have won eight games in a row, giving up only five goals in the process.