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Trojan boys’ soccer scores 9-1 SEC victory

By Justin Webster | Apr 23, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Senior Shawn Spurrier scored the eighth of the nine goals Thursday versus Keokuk as the Trojans improved to 3-0 in SEC play.

In a game of opposite halves, Fairfield’s boys soccer team got back above .500 with a 9-1 Southeast Conference victory over Keokuk Thursday night at the FHS football/futbol stadium.

During the week, Fairfield Head Coach Felisto Guezimane talked about triangular passing with his team, and the guys really seemed to take to it Thursday, although the Trojans only led 2-1 at halftime despite getting several early opportunities against the Chiefs.

After rallying his team at the break, Guezimane’s squad scored the first of seven second-half goals for the Trojans just five minutes into play as the dam broke open for the Fairfield offense.

Goals were scored by freshmen Dagan Burnett, Juan Rojo and Xavier Kapijimpanga who tallied two goals while classmate Eli Moore had an assist. The lone sophomore to find the back of the net was Leone Gichure, although fellow tenth-grader Adrian Restrepo had three assists as the team’s leading passer for the game. The rest of the glory went to the seniors with Jordan Guezimane recording a goal and an assist, Chaysten Titus scoring two goals and Shawn Spurrier scoring in his return from a month-long stint rehabbing his hamstring.

“I just saw a bunch of space down the wing,” said Spurrier. “I got the ball through and I knew I could beat the defender so I just cut inside and tried my luck and luckily I got it.” As for his senior year on the pitch?

“I’m enjoying it a lot,” said Spurrier with a smile. “I just got back from an injury, so I’m really enjoying being back on the field after a month away.”

As for 100-percent confidence in his recovering leg?

“I’m close. Everyday I’m working harder to get there.”

Defensively, the Trojans allowed just the one first half goal which can lead to a boring game for the defense.

“Back in the goal, it’s kind of hard sometimes,” admitted senior keeper Brendon Lunsford. “Because you’re watching and cheering and all of a sudden they’re coming at you and you have to stay calm and prepare to stop the ball.”

He added, “Our defense stayed strong even though it wasn’t the most exciting game on this end and we got the ball out when we needed to and the one time they did score on us, they got a lucky ball that left the guy wide open for an easy shot.”

While Lunsford and fellow goalie Max Anderson have both seen time in the net recently, Lunsford has plenty to keep him busy even if he’s on the bench.

“I’m doing wrestling every weekend and I’m doing track, too. I’m doing a lot of things all at once, but it keeps me busy.”

On top of improving to 5-4 overall, the Trojans are also now 3-0 in SEC play, with a plus-10 goal differential in conference games.

Fairfield will have a chance to make it a clean sweep through the first rotation of conference games when they travel to Fort Madison today for a 5:30 p.m. match against the Bloodhounds.

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