Fast start propels Trojan girls to win
OTTUMWA — Slow starts are starting to become a thing of the past for the Fairfield girls’ soccer team.
Just one day removed from scoring a first-minute goal in a win over Knoxville, Claudia Sloat again found the back of the net early Tuesday to kick off a big day for the Trojan girls’ soccer team.
This time, Sloat scored just 11 seconds out of the gates vs. an unprepared Ottumwa squad, and the Trojan girls rolled to a 6-3 victory in Ottumwa.
“Last night’s game was a very physical match versus the Bulldogs. I’m very happy with the total team effort we saw from all of our girls last night,” said Fairfield varsity coach Michiel Hekker.
The Trojans also received a pair of goals from Tori Keltner on assists by Sloat within the first 10 minutes of play. Kayla Septer scored midway through the first half, and Sloat tacked on her second goal on an assist from Huma Liptak to carry a 5-1 advantage into the break.
The host Bulldogs scored a pair of goals in the second half to pull within two, but Hekker said the Trojans did well to keep it at two goals.
“After an unfortunate second yellow card on Tori Keltner we were down to 10 women with more than 30 minutes left on the clock. We had to adjust our lineup, and our girls showed tremendous heart in only allowing two more goals while playing a man down,” he said.
Liptak tacked on one final goal with three minutes remaining, making the win the Trojans’ most lopsided one to date.
Keri Schwarz had seven saves for the Trojans, who are currently 4-2 overall and in the midst of a three-game winning streak. The Trojans return home to face Keokuk on Thursday.