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Fairfield defeats Mt. P on road

By Justin Webster | Apr 27, 2018
Photo by: GTNS photo Fairfield freshman Sophie Miller strikes the ball against the Panthers at Mt. Pleasant Thursday night. The Trojans took a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 Southeast Conference road victory.

Theme - noun

“A particular setting or ambience to an activity.”

When you play nine games in 16 days, trends or themes start to appear. In the case of the 5-4 (3-2 in SEC) Fairfield girls soccer club, a couple have emerged.

No.1: Attack early and often: Something the Trojans did Thursday by taking eight of the 10 shots attempted during the first half as they built a 2-0 lead before defeating their SEC rivals at Mt. Pleasant, 3-2.

“The attack early and hold keeps reoccurring for us this year,” said Head Coach Brittany Winslow. “Last night, we decided to grab it by the horns, so to speak, and roll with it. It can be quite stressful, especially when most of the teams we play shift into an offensive formation and push high when they are down. We went into that game fully expecting this would happen and it did.”

No. 2: Get Burnstedt the ball: The senior headed to Iowa Wesleyan to continue her soccer career has scored 60-percent of the teams’ goals so far and has a 40-percent shooting accuracy. Fairfield took a lead into the break thanks to goals No. 13 and 14 coming in the 6th and 36th minutes, respectively. Just for good measure the first shot of the second half was taken by Burnstedt who scored No. 15 of the season in the 2nd minute of the second half to give the Trojans a commanding 3-0 advantage.

No. 3: Holding on: One hill the Trojans have struggled to climb involves second-half durability with Fairfield often allowing late goals that keep the score closer than the game itself.

This happened Thursday when the Panthers took seven of the final nine shots-on-goal over the last 33 minutes, while scoring in the 64th and 75th minutes to test the Trojans limits. Head Coach Brittany Winslow’s squad buckled down and defended their half of the field while not allowing a single shot attempt against senior keeper Kelsey Hollander over the final 11 minutes.

Hollander ended the game with seven saves on nine shots, good for a nearly 78-percent save-percentage.

Eight of the 11 Trojans on the field at any given time were constant as they played the whole game. These players were: Amanda Carminhato, Clare Else, Emily McAvan, Erica Bochmann, Hannah Lyons, Isabel Allen, Katie McClain and Kelsey Hollander.

Fairfield will now have five days rest before traveling to Fort Madison May 1 and will be able to recover physically with only three games remaining for the Trojans with the contests spread over the next 18 days.

“Now is the time to prepare for the rest of the season,” said the relieved leader. “The girls and I are excited to get some actual practice time in, and I am hoping this will give time for injuries to heal as well.”

I.e Bryanna Popejoy among others.

“Starting out with such a diverse team, we have come quite a long way from the beginning of the season and are starting to mesh and play cohesively. We will be getting some film time in, working on our individual ability, keep the momentum of working together and make sure we show up ready to play on game day.”

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