Trojan girls' soccer team earns 3-1 victory
Slow starts have all too often hit the Fairfield girls’ soccer team this spring.
But Monday, the Trojan girls got to experience what it’s like on the other side of the slow start.
Claudia Sloat hit a quick goal in the first minute of non-conference action vs. Knoxville, and Fairfield rode the momentum to a 3-1 victory at Trojan Stadium. The Trojans, who improved to 3-2 overall with the two-score victory, also received goals from Tori Keltner and Huma Liptak.
Kayla Septer assisted Sloat for the game’s first goal. After another 20 minutes, aggressive play by Alyssa Murphy in front of Knoxville’s goal allowed Keltner to put the ball in the back of the net for a 2-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Knoxville was able to capitalize on a well-placed corner kick to cut Fairfield’s lead to one, but Liptak answered to cushion Fairfield’s lead. With about 20 minutes remaining, Liptak took the ball up the left sideline more than 40 yards before cutting in toward the net to take a shot on goal. The keeper deflected her first shot, but Liptak was able to capitalize off the deflection and push the lead to 3-1.
“Fairfield maintained over 70 percent possession. However, similar to one of our previous games against Mount Pleasant, we still had trouble finishing in the final third,” said Fairfield coach Michiel Hekker.
The Trojans had 21 shots on target out of 29 total shots. Keeper Keri Schwarz tallied seven saves.
Hekker added support for a pair of players who didn’t make a splash in the stat book.
“Outstanding midfield play by captain Erica Winslow and senior midfielder Katie Anderson allowed Fairfield to maintain better possession than we have had all season. These two players played a major role on both the defensive third and attacking third that ultimately led to our victory tonight against Knoxville,” Hekker said.
The Trojans are back in action today at Ottumwa as part of a varsity girls-boys doubleheader. The girls’ game kicks things off at 5:30 p.m.