The Firebirds dropped a disappointing match to Wayne High School Thursday evening by a score of 3-1. Fairmont spent most of the first five minutes in their own defensive half, but were able to reacquire possession of the ball and control play for much of the remaining half. This culminated with senior striker Ace Uhrig drawing a foul in the Wayne box in the 20th minute. A foul in the box on the resulting free kick led to a Fairmont penalty kick. Senior defender Sam Fiscus converted the penalty to give the Firebirds a 1-0 lead.
Following a Firebird handball, the Warriors equalized within minutes off a free kick from 24 yards out. The Firebirds fired shots from distance and couldn’t find the pass that would unlock the Wayne defense.
The Firebirds had a chance to pull ahead early in the second half with a ball into space from freshman midfielder Will Meilstup to senior striker Pilote Luck. Luck’s first-touch half-volley shot was close but wide. The Warriors added two goals in the second half, both from over 35 yards away. Fairmont pressed hard toward the end, but, as in the first half, couldn’t see their way through the final third. Two late Firebird corners rattled around the Warrior box and, if soccer balls could speak, would have been begging for a finish, but stayed out of the net.
Fairmont goes on the road against an undefeated Beavercreek side, ranked #9 in Ohio, on Tuesday, September 15. Kickoff is 7:15 pm.