The Firebirds lost a close contest to powerhouse Carroll High School, 2-0 last night. The Fairmont defense was, once again, called upon to step up against a Patriot offense that was committed to pushing numbers forward. Within the first three minutes of the game, Patriot outside backs made at least two overlapping runs to try to outnumber the Firebird defense.
The Carroll offense, however, did not succeed in breaking down the Firebirds, led defensively by center back Josue Martinez (SR), and goalkeeper Seth Tyson (SR). Carroll’s goals came in the first half from a set piece in the 28th minute, and in the 75th minute when Fairmont committed to sending numbers forward in search of the equalizer. As in the Northmont match, Tyson had to be alert to the break from Carroll, and ventured out of his box to clear through-ball passes.
The Firebirds found a few good opportunities in the second half. Outside midfielder Trent Webb (SO) made several positive runs with the ball down the left flank, cutting inside near the Carroll penalty box, but to no avail. Central midfielder Ryan Schreck (SO) fired off a dangerous looking shot, that was deflected just high and wide of Carroll goal. In addition to the shot, Schreck did well to limit Carroll’s possession in the center of the field. Fairmont’s best opportunity came with 14 minutes left. Josue Martinez’s laser free kick from 23 yards out was parried away by the Carroll goalkeeper.
Although this was not the result the Firebirds had hoped for, it was yet again, an impressive performance against a formidable opponent. On the night, Fairmont can leave the field with quite a bit of confidence and pride. The Firebirds take on a tough Beavercreek side at Fairmont Park Stadium on Tuesday, October 1. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm.