Fairfield Lions boys soccer preview


By Ryan Applegate - rapplegate@aimmedianetwork.com



The Fairfield Lions soccer team warms up before practice begins.


Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

The Fairfield High School Lions soccer team opened their season on August 22 with a home match against the Washington Blue Lions. The Lions will face cross county and league rival the Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs on September 29 at home. Fairfield will wrap up their season on the road October 11 when they face the Fayetteville Rockets.

The Lions will be represented by two seniors, two juniors, six sophomores, and three freshmen. They will be coached by, the first all-state soccer selection in Lions history, Jacob Alexander who is returning as the second-year head coach.

The Lions are entering a rebuilding season after losing nine members from the varsity squad from last year. “Last year was a rebuilding year as well. A lot of the seniors were first year seniors and we made a lot of progression from the beginning of the year to the end. We have to start again this year. We have been doing a lot of skill building. We are going to build from the ground up. Luckily this year I have two juniors and two seniors so, I won’t be losing as much for next year.”

“Garrett Spargur has stepped up on the leadership front for the team and will be our captain this year. Our two juniors are going to be put into more prominent roles this year and we will be counting on them.”, said Alexander. “We want to get better this year. With a young team like this we want to see progress from the first day of practice to the last game.”

In his second year as the head coach Alexander thinks the experience from last year will be a boon to him and his players. “The prior experience is going to be nice. The four returning players already know me and what I am looking for from them. I have to start building new relationships but, that is part of coaching.”

“It is exciting to be the head coach at Fairfield. I am the third coach in Fairfield soccer history. I am following in the footsteps of my head coach and assistant coach from high school and that makes it even more exciting for me.”, said Alexander.

Jacob invited the community to come out and support the program, “I would love for everyone to come out and watch us and check out the new soccer facility we have.”

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The Fairfield Lions soccer team warms up before practice begins.
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By Ryan Applegate

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