BOULDER — Last week, not long after Fairview’s boys soccer team suffered a shutout loss in its rivalry showdown against Boulder, veteran Knights coach Stan Jozwiak was lamenting his team’s inability to capitalize on its offensive opportunities.
It was not as if Fairview was lacking firepower. With seniors Eric Kronenberg and Jack Mayfield working alongside upstart sophomore Nick Porter, the Knights boast perhaps the best array of skill players in the Front Range League. Those players had seemingly just hit a midseason lull.
After Fairview’s performance on Saturday, Jozwiak is cautiously optimistic that lull is a thing of the past.
Those three players combined for three goals and three assists as Fairview erupted for a 5-1 victory against Legacy in a rain-soaked Front Range League match. Fairview, which also received a key opening goal from sophomore midfielder Raul Magno, remained just behind Loveland and first-place Boulder in the FRL with four games remaining in the regular season.
“That’s a group of players we have with tremendous potential to get us goals,” Jozwiak said. “That, quite honestly, has been a struggle for us the last half-dozen matches or so — just getting those guys uncorked and playing with each other in better ways. It felt good to break out of that today.”
Fairview (8-2-1, 4-1-1 FRL) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first half, opening the scoring when Magno bashed home the rebound of a long service from Mayfield that had bounced among the Legacy defense in the penalty box.
Senior defender Charlie Bowers, who makes a habit of creating scoring chances by racing up the right wing from his post on the back line, used his speed to his advantage in the final minute of the half by breaking free to deliver a perfect crossing pass to Porter. The sophomore was by himself at the far post and headed home perhaps one of the easiest goals he will ever record.
“That was just a perfect ball by Charlie,” said Porter, who took over the team lead with seven goals this season. “It was a great service and I was right in front of the goal. I think we can be one of the most dangerous offenses in high school. We’re all good at finishing and when we all click, we’re dangerous. It was a good feeling to finally get us all scoring.”
Fairview survived a scare when Legacy (3-8-0, 1-5-0) pulled within a goal with 18.1 seconds remaining in the first half, with Caio Miranda heading in a goal off a long feed from Jonah Cavender.
That, however, proved to be the only shot the Lightning put on net. Kronenberg notched assists on goals by Mayfield and Porter to give the Knights a 4-1 lead, and Robbie Dunn capped the scoring with his first goal of the season off an assist from Mayfield.
“When everyone is competing at their top level, we definitely can create a lot of opportunities,” Mayfield said. “The (Boulder) game was a tough game and we wanted to start playing like we know we can. Hopefully we can carry this through to the last game and maybe get a home playoff game.”
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Legacy (3-8-0, 1-5-0) 1 0 — 1
Fairview (8-2-1, 4-1-1) 2 3 — 5
Goals (assists) —Legacy: Caio Miranda (Jonah Cavender), 39th minute. Fairview: Raul Magno, 36th minute; Nick Porter (Charlie Bowers), 39th minute; Jack Mayfield (Eric Kronenberg), 56th minute; Porter (Kronenberg), 62nd minute; Robbie Dunn (Mayfield), 71st minute.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Legacy: Isaiah Mondragon (65-4-6); Tate Collison (15-1-1). Fairview: Alan Schuererman (80-1-0).