By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
PLEASANT VALLEY —
East Fairmont’s boys’ soccer team is heading into the 2013 regular season with a chip on its shoulder.
Just a year ago, the Bees were stung by Fairmont Senior in the regional semifinal game at East-West Stadium, breaking up the Jesse Roman-Levi Perkins duo.
The pair combined for 61 total goals — 27 from Perkins and eight from Roman — plus 26 assists from Roman. The two were unstoppable.
But they were taken down.
The loss was a devastating heartbreak for the Bees, but helped lead them to another dimension this year.
As a junior two years ago, Roman was the heart and soul of the Bees squad. He scored at any moment, and he could step back and drill an assist that helped push the Bees to a victory.
Last year, during his senior season, Roman had to step back and become a midfielder — in soccer, that’s like the quarterback. It’s the person who foresees the plays. He’s the player who would take it to the goal and score, or dish it off for an assist.
Knowing Roman was taking a step back from all the glory he received in prior years was Perkins. The two practiced nonstop in the summer. Whether studying tape, practicing their touches or conditioning, they were inseparable.