Sloat leads Trojans past Washington
WASHINGTON, Iowa — Claudia Sloat poured in three goals, and the Fairfield girls’ soccer squad returned to the win column by claiming a 3-1 victory over Southeast Conference rival Washington on Thursday.
Sloat scored two goals in the first half and another in the second half to complete her first hat trick of the season.
Kayla Septer added an assist for Fairfield, which hadn’t won since it claimed a 4-0 victory over Centerville in the season opener. The Trojans are now 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the SEC.
Sloat’s first goal came off a pass from Septer within the game’s first 20 minutes, and Sloat added another goal from beyond the 18-yard line to make it 2-0 by halftime.
“Although we led 2-0 at the half, it was obvious that we are going to need to continue working on better possession and touch passing if we want to improve our overall game,” said Fairfield coach Michiel Hekker.
In the second half, the Trojans maintained much better possession and upped their advantage to 3-0 before allowing a goal from Washington on a penalty kick late in the game.
“During the second half we created more opportunities, but partly due to the bad weather conditions and finishing technique we were unable to capitalize,” Hekker said.
Sloat had six shots and four on target to lead the Trojan girls. Huma Liptak had three shots on goal, and Septer had two on goal. Katie Anderson and Erica Winslow posted the highest completed passing percentage during the game.
The JV game ended in a scoreless tie.
Fairfield is back in action Monday with a home contest vs. Knoxville. The varsity game starts first at 5:30 p.m.