By: Tyler Danburg
The storyline that always lurks around the Fairview Girls Soccer Team is: “So close!” But this year has been different, as Fairview has posted an overall record of over .500 pct, and has been a force to be reckoned with in the conference, tied for the first in the Stripes Division with Lutheran West. But so close has been associated with the girls’ non-conference play. Games like their home matchup loss versus Bay Village early in the season was a situation in which Fairview outplayed the opponent but the shots did not fall. But Tuesday night was different, as it was ‘Senior Night’ for the Lady Warriors three seniors: Rachel Coyne, Maddie Johnston, Molly Weir (Be alert that all three will play a huge role in the match) as they faced the tough opponent and neighboring foe North Olmsted.
Quick Note: Over the past four weeks, Warrior So. Julia Costas has been on an absolute tear, scoring four hat tricks, and now has the tenth-most goals in the area, per The Morning Journal.
Fairview was the first to strike, as who else but Julia Costas scored in the twenty-sixth minute. However, the young Lady Warrior defensive line was reluctant to hold the lead, as North Olmsted found the back of the net two minutes later. Both teams, soon after, held each other respectively to head to what would be a crazy second half.
The second half was critical, but Fairview used their home field to their advantage, as a chippy second half would be lightened up by the confidence and electrifying chants from the student section, and the students would be given something to cheer about, as Julia Costas poured on her second and third goals on the night; both from Rachel Coyne who has been the primary set-up woman for Costas’ goals up top. Three to one, the Warriors led with eight minutes left, on the (bumpy) road to senior night glory.
When you encounter a Division I(A) opponent in North Olmsted, they will play you until the end. Down 3-1 with under five minutes left to play, North Olmsted scored once more on a breakaway finish just past Sr. Goaltender Maddie Johnston. The offensive parade for North Olmsted continued, as, despite Fairview’s keeping of possession on North Olmsted’s defending half, the Eagles went on the counter-attack with just thirty seconds left.
(Now you see the foreshadowing now. Keep an eye out for the three seniors Coyne, Johnston, and Weir…)
North Olmsted worked their way up the field breaking through a tired midfield that was led by Rachel Coyne and Molly Weir. Inching their way with now ten seconds was a now even closer North Olmsted. Coyne, Weir, along with Jr. Alexis Faile rushed back to secure a change in possession and a huge Fairview victory. The three slowed down the attacker, but it was up to Sr. Maddie Johnston, who came out to the top of the penalty box, a rarity from a goalkeeper, and made the diving save to halt the North Olmsted comeback and give Fairview a senior night victory, 3-2.
It truly was an emotional night for those seniors in their last home games, for they knew what they meant to the program. Still, however, Fairview Girls Soccer is closing in on one of their better seasons since Head Coach Dana Reuter has taken over the program and the future is bright. Of course one of those shining stars is So. Julia Costas and her magical night, scoring all three goals in the lady Warriors victory over North Olmsted.
(Photos Courtesy of Joe Dianetti-FHS AD)