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Rosner, Trojans whip MP

By ALLAN MANDELL, LEDGER SPORTS EDITOR | Apr 28, 2017
Photo by: ALLAN MANDELL Trojan Emma Rosner attacks the Mt. Pleasant defense on Thursday at Trojan Stadium. Rosner scored five goals in the contest.

The Fairfield Trojans led visiting Mt. Pleasant 1-0 at halftime on Thursday night.

The Panthers, who entered the contest with a 1-5 record overall, 1-3 in Southeast Conference play, were ecstatic, thrilled, overjoyed.

“That was the best half of soccer we played all season,” said Mt. Pleasant forward Catherine Prough.

The Trojans were not thrilled.

“We started out sluggish,” said Trojan star forward Emma Rosner. “We told each other, ‘This is our house, let’s go — we have to finish this out right.’”

And that is what Rosner and the Trojans did.

They had a sensational second half.

And they finished this thing out right.

Shannon Morrissey, Corynn Klehm, Nicole Buch and Amanda Carminhato, Fairfield’s four defenders, became a stubborn, indomitable rock-solid wall.

Prough and her fellow Panther forwards have speed and talent, but Fairfield did not allow a single second-half shot until there was 19:01 left in the game.

“We were really just getting on them quicker and pushing up higher on the field,” Morrissey explained. “Earlier in the game, we had let them too close to the goal.”

Said Klehm, “We were marking down their forwards better in the second half.”

Meanwhile, Rosner was putting on a goal-scoring clinic.

Rosner tallied four times in the second half, once in the first frame, and Fairfield left Trojan Stadium with a 5-0 victory, upping its overall record to 8-1, 4-1 in conference action.

“Emma was making money shots,” Klehm said.

Rosner’s first score came with 30:11 left in the first half. Standing at the right elbow of the 6-yard box, Rosner sent a lawnmower shot, perfectly placed, directly into the lower-left corner of the Panther net.

“I saw where their goalie (Ayden Ross) was,” Rosner said. “And I’ve been working on placement shots.”

Of course Rosner has also been working on firing torpedoes, too. Which is what occurred with 24:30 left in the contest.

Trojan midfielder Ella Pollet gave Rosner a super-smooth, crisp, on-point leading pass, leaving Rosner with a 15-yard shot.

This was no time for finesse. Rosner delivered an absolute missile above Ross and directly into the net.

“Ella gave me such a good pass,” Rosner said. “She left me with a good opportunity.”

Up 2-0 with 17:40 to play, Mt. Pleasant tried to clear but Rosner made a clean steal 35 yards from the Panther goal.

“I was looking up, looking for a passing option,” Rosner said. “And I didn’t see any of our forwards so I thought I just have to go. I saw a lane. It was a perfect opportunity to dribble through the center there.”

So Rosner dribbled by one defender, then another, and then another — incredibly enough, never losing her balance or the soccer ball. She made her way to within whispering distance of Ross, and the Panther keeper never had a chance. Rosner sent a soft on-the-lawn shot into the lower-right corner of the net.

Which meant it was time, for variety sake, for another pure bazooka.

With 16:28 to play, Fairfield forward Kristin Burnstedt drove upfield, drew a double-team and delivered an outstanding to-the-toe pass to Rosner, standing 7 yards from net.

“Kristin passed it to my right foot perfectly,” Rosner said. “When you get that good of a pass and it’s just you and the goalie, it actually can be nerve-wracking — because it is just you and the goalie all alone out there. Your teammates are counting on you. It was such a beautiful pass, I owed it to Kristin to score.”

That debt was paid.

The right-footed Rosner sent a laser directly into the lower-left corner, upping the lead to 4-0.

Less than three minutes later, Rosner was 13 yards from Mt. Pleasant’s goal.

“Being a little farther from the goal, I was thinking, ‘Blast it, blast it,’” Rosner said. “If you hesitate, if you take too much time to think, you’re done and you’ll miss the shot.”

She doesn’t miss much, and she didn’t miss that shot either. Indeed she blasted the 13-yarder directly into the upper-right corner, and this with her left foot.

In the second half, Fairfield outshot the Panthers 12-4, 22-13 for the game.

This was Trojan keeper Kelsey Hollander’s third career shutout. Her biggest save of Thursday’s game came with 8:29 left in the first half, when her leap and one-handed swat off a close-range shot preserved Fairfield’s 1-0 lead.

Among others, Pollet and teammates Mikaela Lunsford and Bryanna Popejoy deserve credit for stopping Panther offensive thrusts.

And, again, the defensive play of Morrissey, Klehm, Buch and Carminhato stood out.

A nickname is needed.

“We’ll be thinking of one,” Klehm said.

What about the Fab 4?

“Maybe,” Klehm said.

Well, they’ll think of something.

And perhaps someone will come up with a nickname for Rosner, too.

“My heart was stopping today watching some of those beautiful goals Emma made,” Morrissey said. “Emma is amazing.”

 

 

 

 

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