The Washington Blue Lion boys soccer team won the second half 2-0 to defeat the visiting Lions from Fairfield (Leesburg) 3-1 Monday evening, Oct. 8.
The evenly-matched contest’s first goal went to Fairfield with 16 minutes remaining in the first half. Washington tied the match 10 minutes later when Ethan Smith slipped a ball through to Grant Kuhlwein who got the equalizer.
The second half began with a flurry of offense by the Blue Lions, but no goals.
Eventually at the 22 minute mark, senior Blaise Tayese worked the ball sideways left to right through the penalty area, eventually scoring a short goal near post. Tayese later added a penalty kick as an insurance goal and the victory was sealed.
Blue Lion head coach Aaron Teter praised the team effort.
“Its been a struggle this year putting everything together,” Teter said. “Tonight, getting a win with just 12 men, we found a way. Garrett Dewees was in charge in goal all night. The defense worked as a team for sweeper Bryce Coy, and the offense found a way to score some goals. I’m very proud of the way we stepped up as a team in the second half.”
Dewees had five saves in goal for Washington.
Washington plays their last regular season game Thursday at home, hosting the Westfall Mustangs. The Washington Lady Lions kick off at 5 p.m. followed by the boys’ game. Between the games, about 6:30, there will be a ceremony honoring the seniors from each team. Each team bids farewell to seven senior athletes.