Fairfield girls’ soccer wins opener; boys toppled
The Fairfield girls’ soccer team received contributions from nearly everyone Monday in its season-opening, 4-0 victory over Centerville at Trojan Stadium.
Fairfield’s JV players hit the field in the game’s first half, and the varsity team played the second half en route to the lopsided win. Senior Kayla Septer made two goals for Fairfield, and junior teammates Claudia Sloat and Erica Winslow each scored once. All four goals were scored in the game’s final 40 minutes.
The varsity lineup needed little time to warm up despite the uncharacteristically cold spring temperatures. Sloat scored the Trojans’ first goal just one minute into the second half, and Winslow tacked on the second goal at the 29-minute mark.
Septer then netted a pair of daggers in the game’s waning minutes to put the game out of reach. The senior sent a shot into the net from 18 yards out at the 13-minute mark, and a penalty kick found its mark with 10 minutes remaining to put the icing on a big win.
Septer contributed her team’s opening-day success to improved passing and teamwork.
“Since it was our first game we just tried to pass as much as we could,” said Septer. She added, “I think we’re going to be pretty good this year. I think we have a lot of individual talent. As the season progresses we’re going to be able to play together really well.”
Throughout the second half, the Trojans’ showcased some fancy footwork deep in Big Redettes’ territory and rarely took their foot off the gas.
“We had good movement on the fast break. We’re going to have to work on the touch passing throughout the season, especially against tougher competition, but overall it was a good team effort,” said Fairfield coach Michiel Hekker.
In the game’s first half, the Fairfield JV squad played the Big Redettes’ varsity team to a 0-all tie. Fairfield’s shutout performance over the 40-minute stretch was impressive considering several of the players were newcomers to the sport or inexperienced.
“They did OK, especially since we had four or five girls that had never played before. There’s a lot of room for improvement, of course,” said coach Roeland Hekker.
The Trojans (1-0, 0-0 SEC) continue their homestand with a JV-varsity doubleheader vs. Pella on Thursday. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m., with varsity action immediately to follow.
Boys lose 5-2
Solomon Constance and Austin Lauderman each scored for the Fairfield boys’ soccer team Monday, but the Trojans failed to keep Centerville out of their own goal in a 5-2 loss in Fairfield.
“It was a tough way to start the season at home, but we can only learn and grow from this experience,” said head coach Felisto Guezimane. “The team didn’t play up to our expectations except for the first 10 minutes of the second half.”
The new-look Trojan boys gave up two goals in the early going and fell behind 2-0 at the break.
The game’s momentum seemed to swerve in favor of the Trojans at the second half’s start, but only briefly. Constance scored Fairfield’s first goal of the season just over a minute into the period to cut the deficit to 2-1, but the Big Reds dropped in three straights goals to cushion their lead to 5-1.
“We were on a good run until we allowed their third goal, and the morale of the players dropped. One thing we can learn from this is to fight until the last minute,” Guezimane said.
Lauderman netted the Trojans’ second goal off an assist from Constance with 7:37 left in the game.
Guezimane added, “On a positive note, I think first-time goalkeeper Spencer Peterman did a good job. He will only get better as the season progresses. Austin also had a decent game up front.”
Another tough matchup awaits the 0-1 Trojans when they visit sixth-ranked Pella on Thursday.