BOULDER — With his team leading 1-0, Fairview coach Stan Jozwiak gave a fiery halftime talk to his players. The Knights had gotten the lead with a little hard work and some luck, but Jozwiak was looking for more.
The players took the talk to heart, controlling the play in the second half and adding an insurance goal to beat Horizon 2-0 Thursday night. It was the final regular season game for eighth-ranked Fairview, which will next play in the Class 5A tournament.
“We’ll wait for the CHSAA committee to come out with the seedings Sunday afternoon,” Jozwiak said.
First, they wanted to take care of Horizon in the season finale. They got an early boost when Raul Magno scored in the fifth minute with some help from the Hawks. Magno sent a ball through the box and when a Horizon defender tried to calmly kick back to goaltender Christian Rico it went in.
“It was a decent buildup to the goal, but we did get lucky on it,” Jack Mayfield said. “It was nice to get the second one and build on the lead.”
Mayfield provided the cushion by scoring the goal in the 61st minute.
“Getting that second goal, putting distance between us and the opposition, is something we’ve been working hard to do,” Jozwiak said. “It took a long time to get it.”
It sealed the game, and the frustration showed in Horizon’s play.
“This is their last game — I don’t think they would have made the playoffs even if they won — so probably some of their seniors were fighting in their last game of high school soccer,” Mayfield said. “It got a little chippy but we took advantage of that, taking time off the clock and getting some scoring opportunities.”
The chippy play led to a couple of players being helped off the field, one for each side. After the game senior Eric Kronenberg had his right foot wrapped in ice after he was carried off late in the game.
He’ll have a few days to heal, and the rest of the Knights will have time to build on the way the season ended. They won five of their last seven games and hope they’ve set themselves up for a run in the tournament, which begins Wednesday.
“We need to drill opponents when we have an opportunity to drill opponents,” Jozwiak said. “We’re right on that precipice. If we continue to push at that in positive ways we’re going to be a team in the state tournament that anybody in the state tournament is going to have to reckon with.”
Fairview 2, Horizon 0
At Fairview HS
Horizon (6-7-2, 4-5-1) 0 0 — 0
Fairview (11-3-1, 8-2-1) 1 1 — 2
Goals (assists) — Horizon: None. Fairview: Raul Magno, 5th minute; Jack Mayfield, 61st minute.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Horizon: Christian Rico (80-2-7); Fairview: Alan Shuererman (80-0-5).