On a beautiful Saturday morning, the JV Firebirds played hard against Oakwood High School, but were defeated 2-1. Through the first half, neither team could get the better of the other. Fairmont had a good chance that began with pretty passing among Youcef Hennaoui (FR), Dominic Lander-Boulis (FR), Julian Doninger (SO), and Sam Mugenzi (SO) that ended in an outlet to Bryce Roberts (FR) down the left flank. On the defensive side, Josue Negrete (FR) blocked a potentially goal-bound volley from an Oakwood corner kick. With four minutes to go in the first half, a Hennaoui-Doninger-Enciso passing combination led to a shot on goal by Nic Enciso (SO).
Oakwood struck twice in the second half, but Fairmont had chances also, including a free kick 30 yards out from Doninger that rung off the crossbar, and a shot from Ahman Hamdan (FR) that the Oakwood keeper pushed wide for a Fairmont corner. On the ensuing corner, the ball bounced around in the box until a cleared by an Oakwood defender. Center back Dimi Martchev (JR) got on the end of the clearance and, noticing the Oakwood keeper well off his line, scored a golazo from 50 yards out to halve the Oakwood lead.
The JV Firebirds travel to Springfield High School on Tuesday, October 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 pm.