By: Tyler Danburg
Soccer, as the great Pelé once said, is a “beautiful game.” But when the beautiful game mixes with the not-so-beautiful Cleveland, OH weather like it did Monday night, it plays a huge factor. The terrential rainfall made the setting for the Fairview Boys Soccer team, as they hosted the 2017 PAC Champion Buckeye Bucks.
Fairview came into Monday nights conference play debut with a chip on their shoulders, as the last meeting versus Buckeye resulted in a 14-0 Warrior loss in 2017. Despite the deficit a year past, Fairview came out of the gates hot, tacking on two quick goals in the first 25 minutes, with goals by Sr. Adam Nemeth, and Jr. Felipe Medina, and then followed by Jr. Mauricio Huerta in the first half’s final minutes, going into halftime with a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The Second Half of the match was quickly advantaged to the Warriors, as Felipe Medina scored off of a low corner kick volley from Mauricio Huerta for Medina’s second goal of the night. However, Buckeye was able to overcome the deficit and came all the way back from a four-goal deficit with three unanswered goals. The Warriors had to suddenly spear the Bucks, who were prancing along for the equalizer.
It seemed as if for each and every goal Buckeye scored the game got harder; the rain did as well. The distractions from the visiting parents’ ejections for criticism of the officiating didn’t make a pleasant end either.
The time of response for the Warriors came mid-second half when Felipe Medina put the ball in the net for Fairview’s fifth goal on the night; Medina’s second. The goal for the Warriors was the silencer for Buckeye, as it put the Bucks down by two goals, and they were to not answer.
Medina, however, was assessed a yellow card for taking his shirt off in celebration. There’s quite a difference between High School soccer and the English Premier League.
As Fairview gained a huge win in their PAC Opener versus Buckeye, let’s take a look at the KEY PERFORMERS:
1. Jr. Dom Donofrio (GK): You might be thinking why Donofrio would be listed at number one, but his performance last night reflects on his selection. Donofrio had 16 saves in his third win of the season, giving up only three goals to an acclaimed Buckeye offensive front.
2. Jr. Felipe Medina (ST): Medina did not disappoint last night, conducted “Man of the Match”-like honors, scoring two goals and a full 80 minutes of touches, alongside Strikers Sr. Conner Kelly and Jr. Mauricio Huerta.
3. Sr. Ryan Starks (CB): Fairview Centerback Ryan Starks is a dark horse for 1st All-Conference honors, as he proved it in last night’s win versus Buckeye. Starks wreaked havoc on any Buckeye possession bound to be shot or in the air.
Fairview Head Coach Roger Brooks on last night’s win:
“It was a huge statement win because last year they took it to us, and this year we took it to them, and especially after the first five minutes, we came hard at them on offense, defense held all day long. They got a few goals in the second half, but our goalie [Dom Donofrio] kept us in it. It was a great game.”
Fairview is back in action Wednesday at Oberlin as they continue in their grueling schedule of conference play this week.