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Neighbors Growing Together | Jun 21, 2018

Trojan girls fall 2-0 at Mt. Pleasant

By Justin Webster | May 30, 2018
Photo by: GTNS photo Fairfield senior Alie Kensett used her head Tuesday to clear a ball for the Trojans in a 2-0 loss at Mt. Pleasant in the Class 2A region-5 semifinal.

An up-and-down season for Fairfield girls soccer ended Tuesday in Mt. Pleasant when their Southeast Conference rivals advanced to the Class 2A regional final to face Pella June 4 with a 2-0 victory over the Trojans.

After heading to the half tied at zero thanks in large part to a jump save off of senior goalkeeper Kelsey Hollander’s fingertips in the 20th minute, Head Coach Brittany Winslow said that while Mt. Pleasant brings out the best in the Trojans and they always seem to step up, the Panthers just got a couple of balls through and converted on two of those opportunities.

As for her senior keeper, Winslow is well aware of her value.

“She saved our behinds today, really,” said first year coach Winslow. “She did awesome. They had tons of shots on goal and she saved a lot of shots today.”

As for the two goals that did go in, the first was in the 46th minute when Panther junior Mary West put it in the top corner of the net from outside the box for her third goal in two games against the Trojans. West is the player that scored twice in less than :60 at FHS in a 3-2 Mt. Pleasant victory on April 13 and then West was out with an injury when Fairfield traveled to Mt. P 13 days later to avenge their previous loss with a 3-2 victory over the Panthers.

Seniors Ella Pollet and Kristin Burnstedt plus junior Bryanna Popejoy and sophomore Emily McAvan all had solid shots on goal, especially in the middle-third of the second half with the Trojans trailing by just one goal. Unfortunately, the second score for Mt. Pleasant came in the 54th minute when Anna Osty blasted one over the outstretched hands of Hollander to give the Panthers a two-goal advantage with just 26:35 remaining.

The majority of the remaining shots came from Mt. Pleasant who tried to turn the game into a blowout, but Hollander remained strong while blocking them all and holding the deficit within striking distance until the final buzzer signified the end of the Trojans rally attempt and their season.

Fairfield finished the season 8-9 overall with a 4-5 record versus the SEC with Tuesday’s loss included.

The Trojans longest winning streak was three games when they defeated Columbus Junction, Fort Madison and Mt. Pleasant 3-2, 2-1 and 3-2, respectively, on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of the week of April 23.

The team will celebrate with its end of season banquet and awards ceremony Tuesday June 5 at 6 p.m. in the high school commons with each player asked to bring two covered dishes, plus table service and drinks for each of their guests.

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