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Fairfield boys’ soccer 4-0 in conference, smashing SEC

By Justin Webster | Apr 26, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Fairfield players show Trojan Nation appreciation after their 9-1 win over Keokuk April 19.

After defeating Mt. Pleasant 3-2 and Washington 2-1 during the week of April 9, the Fairfield boys’ soccer team split non-conference matches with Knoxville and Centerville before shellacking the back-half of the first rotation through the Southeast Conference with 9-1 and 10-0 victories at home versus Keokuk and at Fort Madison, respectively.

The teams’ 5-1 record over their last six matches leave the Trojans 6-4 overall as they prepare for the second half of the conference schedule, and Head Coach Felisto Guezimane is happy with his teams’ performance.

“Everything went well,” said the Fairfield leader when reflecting on the teams most recent win Monday at Fort Madison. “I think we picked up right where we left off in the second half last week against Keokuk.” [Fairfield had seven unanswered goals after a 2-1 halftime lead versus the Chiefs.]

As for their chance at a conference title with a 4-0 mark so far against their SEC counterparts.

“We are in a very good position to take the conference, but Thursday at home versus Mt. Pleasant is big for us,” said Guezimane.

The Panthers have played just five matches all season, and although they are 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the SEC with a plus-6 goal differential in those games, they’ve only played half as many contests as the Trojans who could eliminate everyone but Washington from conference contention with a victory today.

Seven different Trojans scored Monday, in no particular order, freshmen: Xavier Kapijimpanga had two on two shots, Eli Moore had one on two shots; sophomores: Leone Gichure had one score and an assist on five shots and Adrian Restrepo had one goal on two shots; junior Nicholas Frisbie had a goal on his lone shot plus two assists; seniors Shawn Spurrier, one goal and an assist and Chaysten Titus, two goals and three assists rounded out the scoring for Fairfield.

The sophomore Restrepo described his goal, “Nate Frisbie was on the right wing and he passed me the ball and I just beat my defender and shot it.”

The game ended with 2:35 still on the clock due to the “mercy rule” and Guezimane is hopeful his team can keep clicking.

“It was a well-balanced performance, and hopefully we can carry on like that.”

As for Restrepo, when asked what he was enjoying most about the season, he didn’t mention the recent blowout victories.

“The team,” said the calmly confident 10th-grader. “They’re awesome!”

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