Mayfield falls in soccer season opener

KEITH JACO/The Mayfield Messenger

Mayfield striker Salvador Gembe and University Height midfielder Will Bryan fight for a loose ball during Tuesday's season opener.

Junior goalkeeper Diego Juarez was the busiest Cardinal in Mayfield's Tuesday night 10-0 defeat to University Heights.

The Cardinals failed to find the back of the net as the Blazers routed the Cardinals 10-0 with just under five minutes to play in the second half.

University Heights maintained possession throughout the contest, beating the Cardinals to loose balls and taking full advantage of their share of free kicks.

The Blazers kept the pressure on Mayfield throughout the game, working to keep the ball on their side of the field, giving themselves multiple scoring opportunities.

Juarez did his best to keep the Blazers honest early on, allowing just three goals in the first 25 minutes of action.

Unfortunately, a depleted Cardinal midfield led to three consecutive goals before half, extending the Blazer lead to 6-0.

University Heights went with its starting lineup to start the second half, quickly jumping on Mayfield's weary play by taking a 9-0 lead with 21 minutes to go.

A one-on-one goal by Blazer junior midfielder Elvin Wagner just under the 5-minute mark finished off the UHA victory.

Mayfield head coach Luis Fabian was disappointed in his team's effort and play on Tuesday night.

"Our attitudes and mindsets were our biggest problems tonight," Fabian said. "They didn't come ready to play, and we have to change that going forward."

The Cardinals played at a sluggish tempo and were visibly struggling to keep up with the athletic bunch of University Heights players.

Mayfield's lone scoring opportunity came with 18 minutes remaining in the second half as a penalty kick soared over the crossbar.

Senior striker Tanner Thomas led the way for the Blazers in the win, scoring three goals on three shots with two assists.

Junior midfielder Will Bryan also contributed in a big way in the UHA win, taking five shots and connecting on three goals with one assist.

The Cardinals will look to put their Tuesday night loss behind them as they prepare for a date with Marshall County at home on Thursday night at Bill Hale Soccer Complex.

Mayfield Girls

Mayfield Cardinals girls’ soccer kicked off their season with a matchup against Union County on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals struggled to keep Bravette senior forward Olivia Wheatley and Jordan Bealmear off the scoreboard, giving up four goals to Wheatley and three to Bealmear.

Despite a poor defensive effort, the Cardinals managed to score three goals of their own as they fell in their season opener 7-3.

Mayfield will be back in action on Thursday night as they host the Marshals of Marshall County at 5:30 at Bill Hale Soccer Complex.