By: Tyler Danburg
Fairview’s Boys Varsity Soccer has undergone almost the first full week of their two-week grueling stretch of games. It started off with a huge win on Monday versus Buckeye, 5-3. Then, a tune-up versus Oberlin resulting in a 7-0 victory, followed by Thursday night’s test versus the always tough Hawken Upper School, whom Fairview was defeated by last year 3-1.
(Next week’s games include Saturday at Brooklyn, Monday versus Amherst, and the following Saturday at 2nd ranked state-wide Chagrin Falls)
Fairview’s first half was quite sloppy, with just a few bright moments, most of which were in credit to Fairview’s defensive starters, Seniors Levi Stonerock and Ryan Starks, Freshman Ryan Farkas, and Goalkeeper Dom Donofrio, and Hawken took advantage on a goal by Hawks Striker Brian Ecker. Both teams went into halftime with two different attitudes, as the soaring Hawks led 1-0.
But the Warriors Boys Soccer team came out with a different attitude than theirs of the first half. The goal for Fairview was to come out swinging and overcome just a 1-0 deficit. Ten minutes in, Fairview Jr. Mauricio Huerta got things going for Fairview on an exquisite cross in the box from Jr. Felipe Medina, tying it up once more. As Fairview tied the game up, the game’s physicality increased, and things got very chippy between the two opponents, as yellow cards were assessed to Fairview Fr. David Nemeth, and Hawken Sr. Jackson Goldberg. Fairview Head Coach Roger Brooks acknowledged that this game versus Hawken and its environment, level of excitement, and physical play “made it feel like a District Final game.”
Fairview’s defensive front has been unbelievable in this almost half-way-through season. Led by Sr. Captain Ryan Starks, along with Sr. Levi Stonerock, Fr. Ryan Farkas, Jr. Dom Donofrio, Sr. Adam Nemeth, and Jr. Max Meany, the Warriors ‘D’ has been fantastic. But at times, the defense can collapse. And in a game where everything the Warriors Line did was highly-executed, Hawken used a defensive breakdown to take the lead with 14 minutes left on a Brian Ecker’s second goal of the game. However, there was still plenty of time on the scoreboard, and as Bachman-Turner-Overdrive once said, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”
A dangerous play ruling on the field resulted in an Adam Nemeth freekick forty yards from the goal. Adam Nemeth, the Senior, is also Fairview Football’s Placekicker and Punter; What an omen. Nemeth blasted a forty yard booming kick into the box where the soccer ball bounced around like a pinball machine, only for Mauricio Huerta to take a shot with his back to the net. Huerta finished in the left corner and scored his second goal of the night, making it another tied game at two.
Both teams, Hawken and Fairview held each other’s offenses scoreless for the last 10 minutes, ending the non-conference instant classic match of four lead changes. Fairview will have not much time to relax following yet another revenge game versus Hawken, who had beat Fairview the year earlier, and Buckeye as well, as Fairview travels to Brooklyn Saturday at 1 pm. Fairview will face another conference opponent in Brooklyn with a record of 4-1-2, 4-0 in the PAC.