The Fairfield Lions host the Greenon Knights on Monday; lose 10 – 0


By Ryan Applegate - rapplegate@aimmedianetwork.com



Garrett Spargur attempts to move the ball downfield against the stingy Greenon Knights’ defense on Monday at Fairfield High School. The Lions fell to the Knights 10 - 0.


Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

The Fairfield Lions soccer team hosted the Greenon Knights on Monday in a non league match. The Lions, unable to muster any offense, fell to the Knights 10 – 0.

It was apparent from the opening kick that the inexperience of the Lions team would be a factor in the game. Missed rotations and unmarked players on the defensive side of the ball were the undoing for the boys from Fairfield.

The Knights were relentless in the first half hanging seven goals on the Lions before the first half buzzer sounded.

The starting goalie for the Lions, James Bentley II, was inundated with shot after shot in the first half. Despite allowing seven goals to get through Bentley had several impressive saves that prevented the damage from being worse in the first half.

The Lions were better in the second half as the Knights were only able to score three goals. The play of replacement goalie, Corey Allen, was good as he had several impressive saves of his own.

The Lions were only able to muster two shots on goal for the game.

Lions head coach Jacob Alexander took some positives from the game despite the lopsided score. “The guys worked hard. Nobody quit on me, that’s positive. At least we have a no quit attitude. We saw some good goalie play tonight that we can build off of. A couple of times their inexperience got the best of them and they got stuck in no-man’s land. But, they made some of the best saves we will see this year.”

The Lions will be out of action for the next two weeks with their next scheduled game set to take place on September 15 when they travel to North Adams to take on league rivals the Green Devils.

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Garrett Spargur attempts to move the ball downfield against the stingy Greenon Knights’ defense on Monday at Fairfield High School. The Lions fell to the Knights 10 – 0.
http://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2017/08/web1_Spargur-Soccer-1.jpgGarrett Spargur attempts to move the ball downfield against the stingy Greenon Knights’ defense on Monday at Fairfield High School. The Lions fell to the Knights 10 – 0. Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

By Ryan Applegate

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