The senior members of the Fairview girls soccer team gather for a photo on senior night. (L-R) Erin Wolansky, Hannah Stock, Molly Rehor, Monica Mills, Emily Doyle, Rachael Elliott, Anna Elliott, Alex Leaman, Rachel Gill and Elena Donofrio. (Photo by Ryan Kaczmarski)
By Ryan Kaczmarski
The Fairview girls soccer team dominated Black River last Wednesday night, winning 4-0, on senior night.
All four goals were scored in the first half. The first was by senior forward/midfielder Anna Elliott, just eight minutes into the game. Freshmen Katie Kovach and Kelsey Bilak, along with junior Katie Lally, scored the other three goals.
Fairview out shot Black River by the margin of 38-2. The Pirates did not have a shot on goal until five minutes into the second half.
The victory gives Fairview a record of 9-3-1 (7-2 in the Patriot Athletic Conference).
Seniors Rachel Gill and Monica Mills are the emotional leaders of the team.
“They’re the work engines that make the team run,” said Fairview head coach Scott Underwood. “Those two run everything (on the field).”
Senior Erin Wolansky leads the team in scoring, followed by Kovach, Bilak and Molly Rehor.
The Warriors have had to struggle through most of the season without their field leader Megan Coyne.
“She’s our best player,” Underwood said. “She’s been injured, but we’ve got her back tonight.”
The games against Buckeye High School and Wellington High School were the team’s most difficult losses on the season. Wellington beat Buckeye, so if Fairview beat Wellington it would have still been in the hunt for a PAC title.
“We played out there (Wellington) and possessed the ball a good 70-plus percent of the game,” Underwood said. “We just didn’t shoot the ball, they had two quality goals and we lost 2-0.
“We started out playing good soccer,” Underwood added. “We just don’t have a prolific goal-scoring player that puts us over the top. We’re looking for those two freshmen (Kovach and Bilak) to become those players next year.”
Fairview has a tough road ahead going into the postseason.
“This year the divisions have been realigned,” Underwood said. “We have Holy Name, Rocky River, Padua and Bay back in our district, so we’re going to have to be on top of our game.”