By: Tyler Danburg
September 26- Fall was in the air on a chilly night, and so was the possibility of Fairview’s Boys Varsity Soccer PAC Title, their second consecutive, with a win Wednesday night versus Columbia High School.
Fairview got off to a fresh start, despite good offensive production from Columbia’s Midfield attack; scoring in the first fifteen minutes of the game with a goal from Jr. Felipe Medina. Sr. Conner Kelly then added a goal with seven minutes left in the half, assisted by Felipe Medina, who was involved in two of the Warriors three goals. At halftime, Fairview led 2-0.
All the Warriors had to do was close out a tough but vulnerable Columbia team that had nothing to lose, and it would be “smooth sailing” for Fairview’s second-consecutive PAC Championship. Luckily, with key substitutions from Reserves such as Juniors Tyler Gut and Max Meany, it was full steam ahead for Fairview High School’s first (of hopefully many) conference titles in the 2018-19 year.
Fairview had many opportunities to score, one of them being an absolute screamer off the right leg of Max Meany, who despite back injuries suffered in Saturday’s loss versus Chagrin Falls, missed just wide right of the goal from the forty-yard line. But with twelve minutes left to be played in the match, the Warriors finally put the game away with a goal by Tyler Gut, connecting with Sr. Adam Nemeth on a beautiful ball sent in from the right corner of the field.
The Warriors henceforth closed out Columbia with the help of Jr. goalkeeper Dom Donofrio, who collected yet another clean sheet in only his first season as Varsity goalie. The Warriors earned their fourth PAC title in School History in the conference’s last year of existence before Fairview’s change to the GLC (Great Lakes Conference) with a 3-0 win over Columbia.
Warrior Centerback Sr. Ryan Starks (Or the famous rapper Drake; you decide) simply said it best “We’re going back-to-back!” With still a lot of soccer left to be played, the PAC Boys Soccer Champs Fairview Warriors head to Benedictine for an inter-division match on the East Side of the Metropolitan Area Saturday, September 29 at 1 pm.