BOULDER — Playing a 10-game regular season, boys soccer teams have no room for error in Season C.
Teams like Fairview that play in the Front Range League, which has regularly produced many of Colorado’s elite teams in recent years, are used to that. So playing their third game in five days on Saturday, the Knights were prepared to overcome some unusual fatigue in order to win, 3-0, over conference opponent Horizon at home.
“We’re a little tired after playing three games this week and I think that showed a little in the first half,” Fairview senior Sebastien Mazur said. “We were a little slow. But in the second half, we picked it up a little bit, got used to the heat and made the passes we needed to get some goals. Every game is important this year because we only have so many and with one loss, you might be a wild card.
“Every one counts.”
Ranked fifth in Class 5A by the CHSAANow.com coaches poll, the Knights (3-0-1, 3-0-1) took the first-half lead when Jordy Lopez scored in the 7th minute. Ahead of the Hawks (1-4, 1-4) by a goal at halftime, Fairview scored twice more in the second half. Mckenzie Mazur found the back of the net in the 61st minute and Kai Bodmer put the finishing touch on a victory in the 67th.
Fairview has won its last 10 games against Horizon dating back to 2012.
With his team’s third win in hand and nearly midway through the new campaign, Knights head coach Eric Schuler said taking care of business every day in this sprint of an abbreviated season in the dominant Front Range League made Saturday’s win a big one.
“We have a very deep bench, a very talented bench,” Schuler said. “We were able to utilize the entire squad today to get three points. So far this season, there’s only been one game where we haven’t used the entire team. We trust our depth all the way through our 23rd player. The Front Range League is the best league in the state, so you have to be prepared every day.
“If you look at Horizon’s points recently, they’ve put up some really good fights against some very good teams. So this was a good win today because it keeps the momentum rolling.”
Kicking off another week with three games, the Knights will continue their Season C campaign on the road against No. 8 Legacy on Tuesday. They will host Monarch on Thursday and travel across down to face No. 1 Boulder next Saturday.