FAIRBORN — Assistant coach Scott Kurtz can say he has more coaching victories this season than Fairborn boys soccer head coach Greg Dierker. For now.
Kurtz filled in for Dierker, who was out of town, as the Skyhawks head coach, and Fairborn won its first game of the season, 7-0 over Greenville, Thursday night at Fairborn High.
“Today they played well,” Kurtz said. “We passed the ball around, got a few quick goals, and that enabled us to get some of our younger players into the game as well.”
The Skyhawks, now 1-1-1 on the season, jumped out in front 4-0 over the Greenville Green Wave (1-4) by halftime.
Junior forward Adam Knaub and junior midfielder both scored a first-half goal, and senior defender Evan Powell scored twice in the first half.
In the second half, it was senior midfielder Baris Yagmurkaya scoring a pair of goals, and Kris Dierker added the game’s final tally.
Knaub also had two assists, Yagmurkaya and Micah Nieder were also credited with assists.
Fairborn opened its season with a scoreless tie against Huber Heights Wayne. They then lost 6-1 to New Carlisle Tecumseh last week, so Thursday’s 7-goal output was easily an early season high.
“This was a solid outing for us. We controlled the pace of the game. We found our players’ feet and moved the ball around pretty well today. They worked well with each other as teammates,” Kurtz added. “It was fun. It was a little lighter of a contest, so it was good to get everybody into the match today.”
With the game well at hand and roughly 30 minutes left to play in the contest, Kurtz subbed out the entire starting team.
Senior goalkeeper Dakota Cox started the game, and sophomore Luke Crowley saw some second-half action, to share credit for the Skyhawks’ shutout. Crowley also recorded two second-half saves.
Fairborn has yet to play a game on the road this season. They’ll host Trenton Edgewood for a 1:30 p.m. contest on Saturday. The Skyhawks’ initial road game of the season will take place on Sept. 2 when they’ll play a 7 p.m. match at Beavercreek.
(John Bombatch is Sports Editor for Greene County Newspapers. He can be reached at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123)