By David Troppens
A year ago, the Fenton varsity boys soccer team had an incredible 2019 postseason.
The Tigers edged out the Linden Eagles in a shootout in a Division 2 district title match and eventually advanced all the way to the D2 state semifinal round before seeing their season end.
This year the dynamics have changed. The Tigers are now in Division 1 and will have to face some larger sized schools if they want to make a similar tournament run this year.
The Tigers won their opening game of their D1 tournament (being hosted by Fenton) by defeating Davison 5-0 Wednesday night at Fenton High School.
“The boys came out fired up tonight,” Fenton varsity boys soccer coach Matt Sullivan said. “They know it’s uncharted territory being in Division 1, but we can not change the way we play. We have to outwork our opponents if we want a chance to win, and that is what we did tonight.”
The Tigers took control of the contest early on, scoring just eight minutes into the contest. Calvin Curtis crossed a ball into the middle of the goal where Will Dickens capitalized on the cross, scoring the opening goal. The Tigers led 1-0 and would never look back.
Before the first half was over the Tigers pulled ahead with two more goals.Ben Chapple scored Fenton’s second goal off Curtis’s second assist of the night. Finally, with 10 minutes left, the Tigers had a memorable goal off a corner kick. Dickens crossed a ball that actually curled into the top far corner of the goal, giving him a goal off the actual corner kick. The Tigers led 3-0 and were now in control.
Any chances of a Davison come back ended when the Tigers (13-2-1) scored a fourth goal halfway through the second half. It came when Des Coughlin scored on a Dickens’ cross.
Only about two minutes later, Chappell assisted a goal by Calvin Curtis, capping the Tigers’ 5-0 victory.
The Tigers return to district action when they host Okemos or Flushing in the semifinal round Monday at 7 p.m. The winner of Monday’s conest will play in the district title game Wednesday at Fenton High School at 6 p.m. The other half of the bracket includes Grand Blanc (13-0-1).