The Firebirds dropped a tough match against Sidney High School, 3-0, on Thursday night. While the Firebirds had the majority of possession, they could not find an answer to the Yellow Jacket counter attack. Sidney struck twice in the first half, in the 3rd and 18th minutes, respectively.
With just seconds left in the first half, Fairmont nearly capitalized on catching Sidney in transition, but a foul from behind gave Sidney’s defense time to regroup. The Yellow Jacket defender received a direct red card for his play and gave Fairmont a man advantage for the remainder of the game. The ensuing free kick from Josue Martinez was parried away by the Yellow Jackets’ keeper.
In the second half of the match, the Firebirds figured out how to open up Sidney’s defense, with big cross-field switches from the center back to the opposite outside midfielders working particularly well in the middle third of the field. Fairmont, possibly sensing a need to score as quickly as possible, rushed chances in their attacking third, and could not find the back of the net.
Fairmont goalkeeper Seth Tyson (SR) worked hard to limit the damage. On multiple occasions, Tyson was called on to venture outside his box and clear 50/50 balls from onrushing Yellow Jacket attackers.
The Firebirds’ next match is at Northmont High School on Tuesday, September 24. Kickoff is 7:00 pm.