LOGAN — And the beat goes on for the Fairfield Union boys soccer team.
The Falcons, who are having one of the best seasons in school history, continued their historic run Thursday. Playing in a steady downpour the entire game, Fairfield Union was able to score a first-half goal against Warren and make it stand in a 1-0 Division II Southeast district semifinal win at Logan High School.
The Falcons (15-2-1) — who won the Mid-State League-Buckeye Division championship for the first time in school history — will move on to Saturday’s district championship game where they will face MSL-Buckeye Division foe and top-seeded Circleville (14-1-2) at 6 p.m. back at Logan.
“It’s only the second time in program history that we’ve reached the district final,” Fairfield Union coach Shane Perdew said. “We’ve never won it, but we are doing a lot of things we haven’t done this year. It’s a great accomplishment but we still have a lot of things we want to accomplish.”
Thursday’s conditions weren’t ideal with the windy, rainy and cold conditions, but the Falcons were able to preserver.
Perdew told his players not to let the bad weather affect their play.
“The only thing you are going to remember is if you won or lost,” Perdew said. “You aren’t going to remember what the weather was like, and I think our guys bought into that.
“We didn’t play our best, but heart is what kept us in the game and that’s what won the game. We play with a lot of passion and play as a unit. It’s a fun thing to be a part of.”
Senior Nick Fry was able to get the Falcons on the board with 17:32 left in the first half with a nice goal.
“We had a quick breakaway and (Cameron Childers) came down with speed and he beat his defender,” Fry said. “He had the cross and with the turf being wet, it skipped pretty hard and I was just running backside looking for an open space and I was able to put the ball in hard.
“It was amazing because I thought we were kind of struggling, but that goal really lifted us and got us playing better.”
Midway through the second half, it looked as if the Warriors (10-5-1) had tied the score. The ball looked like it went in the back of the net, so much so, the referee stopped the clock because he thought it went in, but the ball actually went over the goal.
Fairfield Union goalie Nathaniel Castle had a solid game and said even though the Falcons led by a goal, it felt confident.
“Whenever it is a one-goal game, there is pressure, but you have your team in front of you and they do a good job of helping me out,” Castle said. “It was tough because it was cold and rainy and the ball doesn’t do what you want it to do.”
Perdew said the key for the Falcons’ run to a league championship and now a deep tournament run has been teamwork.
“These guys do a good job of pushing each other and holding each other accountable,” Perdew said. “We are playing for each other. We aren’t playing as individuals. These guys just want to win.”
Fry added: “We always work hard and put it all out there knowing you can’t let up because you know you are putting your brothers down and making them do more work. We all are playing with a lot of confidence right now.”