The JV Birds hosted Beavercreek at Fairmont Park Stadium Thursday evening. The 6-4-3 Beavers were looking to improve their record while the JV Birds were looking to get their 6th win of the season. Another perfect night for soccer with the temperature in the upper 60s and sunny.
Four minutes into the match, the Beavers took an early lead with a chip shot along the left sideline about 20 yards out over the outstretched hands of Fairmont keeper Bien Bisetsa. Two minutes later, the Beavers fouled Fairmont around midfield, setting up a set piece from the left sideline. Captain Sam Dewald passed the ball to unmarked midfielder Youcef Hennaoui whose strike from 30 yards out hit the crossbar which bounced back to striker Jerod Hargrave for the putback and knotting the game at one a piece. Both teams had several opportunities for the rest of the half. One memorable opportunity was at the 24 minute mark when Fairmont had 4 shots within the box only to come up empty. The half ended with a desperation shot from Youcef with his left foot as he launched a high floater from the right sideline that the Beaver keeper was able to punch the ball over the net at the last second. Fairmont had the shot advantage in the first half with 13 shots to the Beavers 6 shots.
Fairmont started the second half with the ball in hopes of taking the lead from the formidable opponent. Striker Ryan Geiger was able to get a cross into the box in the first minute but no one was there to capitalize on the opportunity. Just like the first half, the JV Birds had an active ball in the box a couple minutes later with 3 shots only to be denied by the keeper or a defensive deflection. Both teams dug in after that lost opportunity as each team worked hard to get on the positive side of a decision. Each team battled to the end of the game with Fairmont getting 8 shots off while limiting Beavercreek to 5 shots.
The JV team moves to 5-6-3 on the year and travels to Wayne on Tuesday, October 13 at 5:30 PM and will host Springfield on Thursday, October 15 at 5:30 PM.