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Neighbors Growing Together | May 22, 2017

Outright Champions!

By ALLAN MANDELL, Ledger sports editor | May 19, 2017
Photo by: ALLAN MANDELL Trojan Emma Rosner (14) zips past the Washington defense on Thursday at Trojan Stadium.

 

 

They didn’t leave any doubts.

Only 20 seconds had been played on Thursday at Trojan stadium when Fairfield soccer star Emma Rosner spotted teammate Emily McAvan advancing toward the Washington Demon net.

“Emma gave me this excellent pass,” said McAvan. “I saw the opportunity and decided to take it.”

McAvan blasted a 9-yard shot past Demon keeper Olivia Pacha, and Fairfield led 1-0.

Less than three minutes later, Rosner dribbled past two Demon defenders and sent an 11-yard rocket into the back of the net.

2-0.

Two minutes after Rosner’s goal, McAvan was again on the attack.

“I saw the defender was going toward my left,” McAvan said. “So I made a tap to the right and saw the middle was open.”

Then she fired an 8-yarder into the net.

3-0.

And on it went.

Fairfield took 18 shots in the first half of play, scored on 12 of them, won the contest 12-0 via the mercy rule — and earned the outright 2017 Southeast Conference championship.

They didn’t leave any doubts.

“Fairfield (11-3, 7-1 SEC) has such an excellent team,” said Washington’s top forward Lupita De La Rosa.

In 2014, Fairfield shared the conference title with archrival Keokuk.

“A co-championship is totally different,” said Trojan senior defender Shannon Morrissey, a member of that 2014 squad.

“Now, we’re the outright champs — it’s much better.”

On Thursday, Fairfield yielded only three shots and Trojan goalie Megan Sullivan saved them all, earning the shutout.

To their credit, the Demons (0-14, 0-8) never quit. They hustled. They worked.

But they were no match for the 2017 champions.

Trojan Bryanna Popejoy tapped in a shot which bounced off Pacha, upping Fairfield’s lead to 4-0 with 31:09 left in the half.

Alie Kensett scored less than five minutes later. Ella Pollet, off an assist from Mikaela Lunsford, upped the lead to 6-0 with a 10-yard laser.

Less than two minutes after Pollet’s goal, Lunsford scored off an assist from Rosner.

“This was a really nice win,” Lunsford said. “We really worked as a team.”

At the 19:29 mark, Rosner tallied on a 12-yard boot.

Morrissey moved up to forward and scored with 18:10 to go. Seven minutes later, Morrissey’s fellow defender Corynn Klehm also moved up to forward and scored, upping the lead to 10-0.

“I thought the whole game was awesome,” Klehm said. “This team is like a family.”

Ryan Pate’s goal at the 3:23 mark upped the lead to 11-0 and Kristin Burnstedt finished the scoring, tallying with 1:47 left.

“It’s really exciting for us to win this championship,” Rosner said. “And we did it as a team.”

The postseason begins next week.

“Hopefully we keep playing like we are now,” Rosner said. “We don’t have a team full of speed. Some teams are loaded with speed.

“But we do have really nice passers, players that know the game, players with good footwork, players that can make shots — we have all that on our team.”

 

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