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Hollander returns from illness to lead Trojans to victory

By Justin Webster | Apr 25, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Sophomore Kathryn McClain was all smiles after the Trojans defeated the Bloodhounds 2-1 at FHS.

The Fairfield girls’ soccer team improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Southeast Conference with a plus-5 goal differential in SEC games after defeating Fort Madison 2-1 Tuesday night at FHS.

Senior Kristin Burnstedt had three shots-on-goal in the first 11 minutes of the contest and finally found the back of the net with her fourth shot in the 24th minute of play. The goal was assisted by freshman workhorse Clare Else, giving the Trojans a 1-0 lead. Burnstedt than found a lane in the 39th minute and sent Fairfield into the locker room with a 2-0 home halftime advantage.

The senior had four more shots stopped, while Else and fellow senior forward Alie Kensett had the other two SOG.

As for the player of the game, besides the two goal effort from Burnstedt, senior goalkeeper Kelsey Hollander returned after missing Monday’s win over Albia due to sickness and recorded five saves while directing the defense as she does so well.

As for her health?

“I’m still kind of feeling ...eh,” said Hollander. “I’ve definitely been hydrating and sleep is also good, and I’ve been eating good food to help.”

Once she hit the field though, she found her place back in goal.

“I was a little nervous, but mainly the part where I needed to be there for my team and just push through. Usually the adrenaline justs takes over everything and then I’m good to go.”

One missing player was junior Bryanna Popejoy who is a multi-sport athlete trying to let her leg heal.

“I tore my lateral meniscus when I was a freshman,” said Popejoy. “I’ve just been overcompensating for that and there’s a lot of hip problems that come with it. Recently, I strained my menial meniscus in my right knee and I’m currently having a little ACL problem.”

While it doesn’t look like she’ll need to go under the knife, she does have a road of recovery ahead of her.

“I don’t think it requires surgery right now, but I’m just not where I used to be. I just have a lot of rebuilding to do now. That’s something that I need to look forward to and building towards.”

The Trojans will travel to Mt. Pleasant Thursday with the varsity match starting at 4:30 p.m. at East Lake Park.

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