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Trojan girls soccer falls 5-0 to Oskaloosa

By Justin Webster | May 07, 2018

Thursday night at FHS, the Trojans girls’ soccer team lost 5-0 to Oskaloosa after the Indians beat fellow SEC rival Washington by the same score Tuesday.

The Trojans were outshot 31-3 by the 6-3 visitors, with the shots on goal slightly closer at 22-2.

Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Hollander withstood a barrage of shot attempts early on, making 10 saves within the first 14:35 of the contest before Bryanna Popejoy sent an attempt wide just over 16 minutes into the game.

The Indians’ first score came exactly five minutes later at the 21:01 mark when Osky converted on a penalty kick to take a 1-0 lead.

Fairfield’s defense was able to hold the visitors scoreless for the next nearly 45 more minutes, including a second penalty-kick attempt in the 36th minute, before the Indians found the back of the net in the 65th minute that doubled their advantage.

The only other shot for the Trojans came from Clare Else in the 79th minute.

Trailing by just two goals with six minutes to play, the officials made a call against Fairfield that gave Osky a third penalty kick attempt for the game, and with their second successful conversion the Indians took a 3-0 lead.

A fourth goal was scored two shot-attempts later for the Indians in the 88th minute before a rare fourth penalty shot opportunity was given to Oskaloosa just :32 later in the final minute of the game. The third penalty converted on the fourth attempt left the final score 5-0 when the buzzer finally sounded.

“It’s been a rough start with a new team,” said senior Alie Kensett. “But we’re learning to work together better and talk to each other which is really important.”

As for the play on the field Thursday.

”We held them all at the beginning,” explained Kensett. “Then we all got tired because we don’t have many subs at all. It was a really physical game and a lot of people got injured.”

Physicality is something the Oskaloosa girls are known for on the soccer pitch.

“They were always a really aggressive team,” remembered Clare Else. “They always dominate the field and play super aggressively.”

From the sideline, it looked like the Trojans were in it until the very end.

“We played really well tonight and held them off quite a few times,” said Head Coach Brittany Winslow. “There were just a few errors at the end that led to the last couple of goals. It happens and I think we played well tonight and should be proud of that.”

Attitude is another thing the Trojans have been working on.

“Tonight we went into the game with a we instead of me mentality,” added the first-year coach. “As much as we love to win, we’re here because we love this sport. We need to go into the game with a positive attitude and encourage our teammates and run with it and just have fun.”

With 11 days off between the game Thursday and them hosting Keokuk Monday May 14, the Trojans can finally study game film and get some practice in without having 2-3 games in a 48-72 span.

“We’re really pushing possession,” added the skipper. “We’ve gotten good at sending the ball down and crossing it, and over the next few weeks we’ll work on keeping possession and playing cohesively as a team.”

 

Junior varsity

The JV team lost 3-2 following the varsity contest. Emily McAvan and Mahayla Mellot each scored a goal with Maddie Smith assisting on one of them.

With Trisha Westphal out, Hollander helped senior center/defender Amanda Carminhato, prepare to mind the net.

Carminhato made four saves between the posts in her first action in goal.

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