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Trojans defeat Washington 10-1

By BILL GATCHEL, GTNS | Apr 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Fairfield girls’ soccer team traveled to Washington Thursday hoping to get a win and they did just that as they beat the Demons 10-1.

Scoring first for Fairfield was Kristin Burnstedt after six minutes of play. She followed up nearly five minutes later with her second goal adding to the Trojan lead.

Great ball movement and communication on the field added another point to the board 17 minutes into the game when Emma Rosner scored her first goal.

Having early goals pleased Trojan head coach Mandy Mellum. “There is some comfort in putting points up on the board early on,” she said. “It takes the pressure off so we can work on putting what we practice into a game scenario.”

Washington responded five minutes later with its lone goal, but Rosner would take over the scoring again putting up two more goals to put the lead at 5-1 at the half.

Burnstedt had a hat trick after she put the ball into the net after just one minute of action in the second half. Rosner scored her fourth goal three minutes later and immediately followed up on her fifth point just 45 second later giving her five goals in the game. Burnstedt also racked up four assists for the night.

Burnstedt said, “It depends on the placement of my teammates on when I decide to shoot or to pass. I evaluate the situation and if I have the best shot I take it. If my teammate has a better chance to score, I pass.”

In referencing the goals scored by Rosner and Burnstedt, Mellum said, “Emma and Kristin both have outstanding ball control and a passion for the sport. Their teammates have confidence in them and they are experienced players who can evaluate their attack.”

Fairfield’s Gabriella Pollett scored with just under 21 minutes left on the clock with Aliegha Kensett scoring the last point in the game with 12:51 left in play securing the win for the Trojans.

“This varsity group played together last year so they are comfortable with one and they are able to make decisions together on the field better,” Mellum said. “Passing has been a focus this year in practice as well. Without good passes we make the game harder on ourselves. The girls are learning how to support the play. I am extremely proud of them tonight for building up the attacks as they did.

“The first half we had to adjust to having multiple defenders follow the ball, but by the second half the girls came together and had some great plays up field and also in the defense. As a coach, the best thing you can see is your team continue to improve and put into play what we work on in practice. Tonight they did just that.”

The girls face Centerville Monday. How will they get ready for that game?

“The girls have had three games this week and have worked really hard,” Mellum said. “We’re going to let their bodies rest in anticipation for the three games next week.”

Burnstedt’s reaction to the game’s outcome is simple.

“We work mostly on passes and shooting drills in practice and it’s paying off.”

The Trojans are 3-0 for the year.


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