Southeast Conference announces girls soccer awards

The Fairfield girls? soccer team finished their season 8-9 overall and 4-4 in the Southeast Conference during the regular season and was eliminated from the Class 2A playoffs by SEC rival Mt. Pleasant in a 2-0 road loss May 29.

Although the Trojans season ended two rounds from achieving their goal of making the state tournament, three players were honored as first-team all-conference selections and another two were recognized as honorable mentions while all six seniors plus junior Bryanna Popejoy earned all-academic honors, as well.


SEC standings

Mt. Pleasant 6-2, 12-5

Fort Madison 5-3, 8-8

Keokuk 5-3, 8-8

Fairfield 4-4, 8-9

Washington 0-8, 1-13


Player of the Year

Mary West, Mt. Pleasant


All-SEC first-teamers

Kristin Burnstedt, Sr.

With 50 points scored on 23 goals and four assists, Burnstedt was arguably snubbed for POTY having scored five more goals and assisting on one more score while playing one less game than the coaches choice of Mary West from Mt. Pleasant and Taylor Shannan of Fort Madison.

Shannan was the other player statiscally toe-to-toe with Kristin, having tallied 49 points in 16 games played.

Burnstedt finished her career with 84 goals, 24 assists and 182 total points while having finished in the top-four in scoring in each of her four varsity seasons.


Kelsey Hollander, Sr.

Hollander not only saved nearly 74-percent of the shots on goal she faced, but she accounted for 91-percent of the varsity?s saves on the season.


Bryanna Popejoy, Jr.

The lone member of the Class of 2019 on the team, Popejoy battled through chronic leg injuries to score five times in 2018 which was third on the Trojans, while connecting on three assists for a total of 13 points, good for second on the squad.


Honorable Mentions

Clare Else, Fr.

Else was a major contributor in her debut season for the varsity. Else has played soccer for years and will continue to be a leader for the next three seasons. She scored three goals and made four assists for a total of 10 points, the fifth most of anyone on the team.


Ella Pollet, Sr.

The senior found the back of the net three times and a teammate who finished with a score another six times for 12 total points, tied for third on Fairfield.


All six seniors honored academically

Not only will the Trojans need to replace brains on the field next season with six of their seven honored student-athletes graduating with the class of 2018, but they will also lose much of their braun with 64-percent of their goals, 67-percent of the teams? assists and 64-percent of their total points headed to college in the fall.

The Trojans are also losing their goalkeeper in Kelsey Hollander who not only saved nearly 74-percent of the shots on goal she faced, but she accounted for 91-percent of the varsity?s saves on the season.

Luckily for Head Coach Brittany Winslow, she will have a young core of players returning with a full season of varsity experience under their belt.


All-academic selections for the Fairfield Trojans

Amanda Carminhato, Sr.

Kristin Burnstedt, Sr.

Kelsey Hollander, Sr.

Alie Kensett, Sr.

Ella Pollet, Sr.

Madelyn Smith, Sr.

Bryanna Popejoy, Jr.