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In the boys’ game, Fairmont Senior wasn’t able to hold defending state champion Charleston Catholic late in the game and fell, 2-1.
The first half saw sound defense from both sides.
“They’re the defending state champs,” Fairmont Senior coach Jim DeNardi said. “We played with them pretty well.”
The Irish had a few chances, including a moment where they had an advantage but they were flagged for offsides. Just a few minutes later, Catholic’s Thad Jameson drilled one off the left goalpost.
Fairmont Senior’s defensive leader, Aaron Saymansky, went down early in the first half and it opened the defense up to a number of shots. But the Polar Bears’ goalie David Childers was able to save everything coming his way, en route to a 0-0 halftime score.
“Whenever we lose somebody we always have to shift some people around to fill a hole,” DeNardi said. “That hurts us. They came at us a little bit hard when that happens.”
In the second half, Anthony Cipollone scored the game’s first goal with just over 26 minutes left in the game to put the Fighting Irish on top, 1-0.
Dakota Mouser, though, would come right back and tie the game up with a swift kick to put it past the Irish’ goalkeeper.
“We seemed to give away goals that we shouldn’t have, but the boys hung in there and got the tying goal,” said DeNardi of Mouser’s score.
Much like the girls’ game, the two teams each had chances to take the lead, but it would go down to the wire.
With just 1:33 left on the game clock, Joey Trupo broke free for the Irish and put in the game-winning goal.
“It’s a tough one when you give up late goals like that,” DeNardi said. “That’s the second time this week we’ve done that. But we played well, I thought.”
The Polar Bears are back in action Tuesday on the road against University at 8 p.m.
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