Fairfield's Wyatt Willey scored his first career goal for the Lions in their win against Washington, Tuedsay. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Fairfield's Wyatt Willey scored his first career goal for the Lions in their win against Washington, Tuedsay. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
LEESBURG — Fairfield showed they were the king of the jungle on Tuesday night in the “Battle of Lions” at their home field, as they used a strong first half to take down the visiting Washington Blue Lions by a 5-1 score.

The win by the FHS Lions saw them score four of their five goals in the first half, leading by a 4-1 score at halftime. From there, they shut out the visitors, 1-0 in the second half for the final four-goal win.

“This is a good quality win after a tough one last Thursday,” FHS head coach Jacob Alexander said. “We played better soccer tonight, especially in the second half. The results don’t look like it, and (Washington) toughened up in the second half just as much as we did.

“Only scoring one goal in the second half, I believe we actually played better in the second half.”

Though it was Fairfield who won the non-conference match, it was the Blue Lions who scored first, with the goal coming at the 37:10 mark. The first Fairfield goal came with the help from the opponent as the Blue Lion defense accidentally knocked the ball in their own net for an own goal, tying the score at 1-1 with 37:04 left in the first half.

The Fairfield Lions took the lead with a goal from Jordan Cameron at 12:44, then added another goal with a ball kicked by Koben Zink with 2:11 left in the first half. Cameron added a second goal with 42 seconds left in the opening half, with the assist by Zink.

In the second half, the Lions had their final goal come from Wyatt Willey with 14:22 left in the match, scoring the first goal of his varsity career as this is his first year of soccer.

“Wyatt getting his first goal in his first year had an excellent shot on an excellent run. He did an amazing job tonight. Jordan Cameron did a nice job for us. Jordan had a right-footed goal, and being a lefty, you always like to see that.

“James in goal gave up one early but locked down after that, and this was a good all-around team win.”

Next for the Lions is a SHAC match on Thursday, Oct. 10 at home vs. the North Adams Green Devils.

The Lions will begin their tournament Saturday, Oct. 12 at home against the Portsmouth Trojans in Division III play at 11 a.m.

Alexander spoke about the upcoming tournament game.

“We are building to that this week,” he said. “We have some players who may be out on Saturday so we are trying to get prepared for that and get everybody ready for that. This is the week you start looking toward the tournament and want to play your best soccer at that time.

“I also want to say Tucker Watson did a nice job. He’s a player you can put anywhere, and he did a good job against one of their (Washington) players, and Tucker did a good job of locking him down. Justin Sowders and Hunter Burns did a nice job in the middle and adjusted as the game went on.”