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FHS can clinch outright title

By ALLAN MANDELL, Ledger sports editor | May 18, 2017
Photo by: ALLAN MANDELL Corynn Klehm (8) boots Fairfield out of danger against Mt. Pleasant earlier this season.

On April 13, the Fairfield Trojans defeated host Washington 10-1.

The rematch is tonight, 5:30, at Trojan Stadium.

“The most important thing tonight,” said Trojan co-captain Mikaela Lunsford, “is to forget about the last time we played them. We don’t know how much better they’ve gotten. So, now, we must keep in mind this game starts off 0-0.”

And this is a big game. One of the biggest in Trojan girls’ soccer history.

Should Fairfield prevail, it would win the outright Southeast Conference championship.

“I’m more excited than anything about tonight’s game,” said Trojan co-captain Shannon Morrissey. “My freshman season (2014), we shared the conference title with Keokuk. But Fairfield hasn’t ever won the title outright. We’re making school history if we win tonight.”

While Washington hasn’t won a conference game this season, Lunsford and Morrissey said full focus from Fairfield tonight, wire to wire, is essential.

“We’re not thinking of Washington as a team worse than us,” Lunsford said.

“Washington always plays with a lot of heart,” Morrissey said.

Morrissey teams up with Corynn Klehm, Nicole Buch and Amanda Carminhato as Fairfield’s four defenders.

They’ve had a stellar season. Fairfield is only yielding 1.3 goals per contest.

“The four of us will need to push up and support our midfield tonight,” Morrissey said. “We’ll be attacking the majority of this game but we must watch out for counterattacks.”

The responsibility for leading the Trojan attack belongs to forwards Kristin Burnstedt and Emma Rosner. Both are extremely quick, terrific ball-handlers, superb passers and each can deliver a goal-scoring blast with either foot.

In Fairfield’s 6-2 road win over Keokuk on Monday, Rosner scored five goals and Burnstedt one. Against Washington on April 13, Rosner tallied five times and Burnstedt three.

Lunsford and Ella Pollet are in charge of the midfield.

“Ella and I need to own the midfield against Washington,” Lunsford said. “Keeping control there really helps our team a lot. We don’t want to let that ball get on our side.”

Tonight is also senior night, a chance for Lunsford, Morrissey and other Trojan seniors to be recognized pregame.

“It’s important on senior night to have fun,” Lunsford said. “But we need to make sure we win, too.”

Said Morrissey, “We’ll need to make sure we come into this game completely focused. We have one goal in mind, and we need to keep reminding ourselves of that goal.

“I think we’ll be ready to play an excellent game tonight.”

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