Trinity senior soccer standout Greg Fischer isn’t related to the Louisville mayor with the same name, but after another clutch performance on the pitch against the Shamrocks’ archrival, he might be the unofficial mayor of St. Matthews.
With his team trailing St. Xavier 1-0 at halftime, Fischer scored the equalizing goal early in the second half, then his free kick with under eight minutes to play led to Evan Stacy’s game-winner in host Trinity’s 2-1 triumph over the Tigers.
The Shamrocks (12-1-2) have now won five straight against St. X — and Fischer has never lost to the Tigers in his varsity career.
“I was on (the junior varsity team) freshman year, that’s the only time I’ve lost to St. X,” said Fischer, who tallied both of his team’s goals in a regular-season win over the Tigers last season.
The battle between the state’s No. 3 and No. 4 teams, according to the Maher Rankings, was back and forth most of the way.
The Tigers (13-6) got on the scoreboard first when sophomore Lucas Mudd headed in a deflection off a corner kick.
It stayed that way until 5:15 into the second half. That’s when Fischer got free down the left side and unleashed a left-footer that snuck past St. Xavier keeper Clayton Allen.
“It was a ball meant for Ryan Murr in space and, unlucky for St. X they got a deflection on there and, fortunately for us, it found the best player in the state and he does what he always does — puts it away,” Trinity coach Dale Helfrich said.
Added Fischer: “It was huge for us, it got us back in the game, because I think the first goal that they scored hit deep to the heart. I feel like after that goal I picked us up and gave us momentum.”
It stayed tied, though, until 7:49 remained. Fischer, off a free kick from near midfield, served the ball into the box. It was punched away by Allen, but right to Stacy.
“I was in the right place at the right time,” Stacy, a senior midfielder, said. “We all know our positions on the corner play and it just happened to come to mine.”
It was only the second goal of the season for Stacy, who missed the first nine games with a stress fracture in one of his vertebrae.
“It was probably the greatest moment of my life,” he said of the goal. “I’ve actually never scored against St. X before and my first goal being the one that puts us ahead on my senior year, it was amazing.”
The Tigers had a couple of chances to tie it up late, but couldn’t convert on any of them.
“I think their pressure finally wore us down,” St. X coach Andy Schulten said. “They absolutely killed us on the flanks and they absolutely killed us in the air all night long. We made some adjustments at halftime, but you can make all the adjustments you want at halftime, if they don’t implement them, it’s not going to do anything.
“They came right out and they got a goal right off the flank and then they got a goal out of the air. Our guys, they’ve kind of got to look at themselves in the mirror and just realize, bottom line they got out-toughed tonight. We just weren’t tough enough. We tried hard, we played hard, but we tried to play too pretty and this is not a game of finesse out here when we play Trinity, it’s a tough man’s game.”
Goals: Trinity 2 (Greg Fischer, Evan Stacy), St. Xavier 1 (Lucas Mudd)