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SOCCER

Trojans blank Hounds

By ALLAN MANDELL, LEDGER SPORTS EDITOR | Apr 26, 2017
Photo by: ALLAN MANDELL Dallas Peebler goes on the attack for Fairfield on Tuesday night.

Two minutes had been played in overtime at Trojan Stadium on Tuesday night. The score was 0-0.

The visiting Fort Madison Bloodhounds had the soccer ball at midfield.

Fairfield center-back Kolten Webber made a clean swipe and immediately sent a pass ahead to Shawn Spurrier.

Spurrier drew a defender then fed Brayden Miller. Miller led Jordan Guezimane close to the left sideline, 20 yards from net. Guezimane dribbled forward 5 yards and drew a double team.

“I was covered and I heard Brayden calling for it,” Guezimane said. “So I didn’t even think about shooting it. I just made sure I got the ball to him. Brayden has good moves and a good shot.”

Miller was standing at the left elbow of the 18-yard box when he received Guezimane’s pass.

“Once Jordan got it to me, I thought it was just best to immediately take the shot,” Miller said. “I just wanted to rip the heck out of it without it going over — and it didn’t.”

No it didn’t go over. It went directly into the lower right-corner of the Fort Madison goal — and the Trojans had themselves a 1-0 Southeast Conference victory.

“We had passed the ball well all night long, so I wasn’t surprised that our passes were so good there on the final play,” said Trojan head coach Felisto Guezimane. With a chuckle, Guezimane added, “When I saw the ball in the net, I was thinking, ‘Is that really a goal?’”

Before this contest, Coach Guezimane made a strategic adjustment.

“The last few games, we had played four in the back and for this game I wanted three in back, a diamond-four in the midfield and three in the front,” he explained. “I thought we’d cut all their passing lanes, and I just thought it would work best.”

It did work best.

The Bloodhounds (3-5, 0-4) couldn’t sustain any offensive rhythm. Fairfield only allowed its goalie Maxx Anderson to look at five shots all game, none of them of the truly threatening variety.

Fairfield (5-2, 3-1) totally dominated play, outshooting Fort Madison 14-3 in the first half, 20-2 in the second frame and 36-5 for the contest.

Trojan forwards-midfielders Miller, Spurrier, Jordan Guezimane, Nicholas Frisbie, Dallas Peebler, Kobe Cassens-Navesse, Chaysten Titus, Adrian Restrepo and Austin Winslow kept making solid passes, getting off good shots, doing everything their coach wanted.

But with one minute gone by in the second half, Fort Madison head coach Kevin Wellman yelled to his team, “Everybody stay back!”

And he meant that, literally.

From that point on, the Bloodhounds played with nine defenders.

“We call that ‘parking the bus,’” Webber explained. “It is a very unorthodox way to play. But it makes it very difficult to score. Because once they park that bus in the box, it’s very hard to find openings. Some of the time tonight, they even put 10 people back there, everybody they had. It can be a little depressing to look at because sometimes you just see a deep sea of red uniforms.”

Said Jordan Guezimane, “It’s so rare to see that. Their sole goal was to not let us score at all costs.”

The Trojans never panicked.

“They really were parking the bus,” said Coach Guezimane. “It’s not easy to go through nine guys inside the 18-yard box. Just about every shot you take will hit somebody with a red jersey.

“We had to find ways to break their two lines of defense. They left us with only very tight spaces. But there are always gaps and you need to keep attacking those gaps — and we did that successfully the whole game, we were just missing shots. In overtime, we made the shot.

“But credit their team: They did what they had to do. I knew we were a superior team and they knew it, too. If they had played an open game, it would have been a slaughter.”

Fairfield didn’t need to park a bus on defense.

And the Trojans’ three defenders — Webber, Jose Rojo and Eric Swan — were sensational. Fort Madison couldn’t work around, through or past this trio.

“Those there guys were on point,” Coach Guezimane said. “In fact, at halftime, I was saying to our midfielders and forwards, ‘You guys have to do your part because our three defenders are playing to perfection.’”

“Well,” said Swan, “the three of us have played together a long time. We know what each other will do even before the other guy does it. We always communicate. We feel we are there to stop people — and, yes, that is what we did today.”

Said Jordan Guezimane, “Those three guys stopped every single ball tonight, allowing us more opportunities to score. Even though we didn’t finish, we got all those shots because they kept sending the ball up to us.”

“Overall,” said Coach Guezimane, “at times, the game was frustrating. But the bottom line is this: It is a good win.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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