Sebastien Mazur, the not-so secret weapon of Fairview’s soccer program, was often utilized as such in the spring.
When deployed — most notably, in the biggest moments of the Knights’ run to their first state title in boys’ soccer — the touted midfielder everyone knew needed to be stopped still couldn’t be.
“He’s playing chess while other people are playing checkers,” coach Eric Schuler said of his star, who was named the BoCoPreps.com player of the year.
Yes, arguably the top technical midfielder in the state moonlighted as perhaps the most explosive player in the clutch.
Schuler, in times when the Knights desperately needed a goal, said he would move Mazur up from more of a defensive midfielder to surge a quick attack.
The moment called for it in the semifinals when they were tied with Liberty heading into an anything-can-happen, sudden-death overtime. Then again in the finals, deadlocked with Cherry Creek.
And each time, it worked to perfection.
Against the Lancers, Mazur set up teammate Job Meuleman in the opening minutes of overtime to send the Knights to just their second title game in history and first since 1984. Off a turnover, Mazur deked a defender while sprinting down the sideline before feeding Meuleman in the box.
That was followed up by Mazur’s deciding goal in the finals. The Mazur Laser.
After being moved up in the second half, the senior let loose a 30-yard shot with his left foot that zapped into the top corner of the net. The blink, and-it’s-in goal was the lone scoring play in the game before Tristan Hird added another in the waning moments of the 2-0 victory.
“That’s how it goes” when you hit a chance well, Mazur said of his winner. “You strike it and it feels good off the foot and you just got to hope it’s far enough away from the keeper.”
Schuler added that “it’s one of the best high school goals you’ll see.”
In summing up Mazur’s career, he had been among the top midfielders in the area since his sophomore season, and in a strange, shortened spring, he finished as the best player on the best team.
Schuler described his star player as “immensely technical”, saying his vision on the field is far beyond most players his age.
Mazur said he just wanted to continue the high standard left by former teammates including Myles Ellis, Alex Mercier, Jake Ketchner and Sajji Singh, who was the BoCoPreps.com player of the year in 2018.
He hopes the program’s legacy continues forward.
“My dad was in the stands (in the finals) and he was telling me that this woman had brought her three kids and they all wanted to play for Fairview now,” Mazur said. “I guess that says all you need to know. Future generations want to play for the winning team and Fairview is now a winning team.”
Mazur will next play for Everton Football College, while studying at Liverpool John Moores University.