Fauquier girls soccer team facing tougher schedule in 2013 to prep for district play
Saturday, Mar. 23
Gaby Tirado will try to help Fauquier improve on its 12-3-1 record from last season. --Times-Democrat Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
The 2012 Fauquier High girls soccer team won 10 straight games following a season-opening tie before running into strong Brentsville and Kettle Run teams.
Fauquier finished 12-3-1, but the Falcons fell one win short of a Region II berth.
This spring, Fauquier will embark on a more difficult overall schedule, coach Rick Ashley said, hoping to be more seasoned by the time the district and regional tournaments arrive.
"I think it's a really strong team," Ashley said. "I think the challenge is how [the girls] react if they encounter some losses early. We have only seven home games, while there are nine on the road. I think that's a positive. Playing those tough ones is going to help us."
Fauquier lost to Culpeper 2-1 Friday, and saw their record drop to 0-2. FHS previously lost at Woodgrove, 5-0.
Against Culpeper, Fauquier fell behind 2-0 in the first half before Cassidy Wagoner scored for the Falcons with about five minutes remaining until halftime.
The Falcons “looked good controlling possession for the first 10 minutes,” Ashley said. But “the speed of the Devilettes allowed Culpeper to take control…with several threatening attacks.”
Culpeper threatened to score again in the second half, but Fauquier goalkeeper Emma Averna held strong with the help of “a tired but resilient back line,” Ashley said.
On Thursday, Woodgrove scored five goals despite 22 saves by Fauquier keeper Caroline Liebel.
“Outstanding game,” Ashley said of Liebel.
Woodgrove, the defending Group AA state champion at 24-0-1, scored two quick goals in the final minutes of the first half to take a 3-0 lead, then scored twice in the second half.
Ashley is unfazed.
"I feel like our first 11 across the board will be strong. Who's going in when somebody needs a break? It's figuring out where everybody's best position is," Ashley said.
The team's attack received a blow recently, losing Megan Enos, a 14-goal scorer in 2012, due to an off-season collarbone injury.
Ashley said he has people capable of scoring one or two additional goals rather than relying on a single girl to account for the slack.
The forward corps includes Caity Ashley, Emelie Boucher and Cassidy Wagoner. Midfielders are Julie Kohler, MacKenzie Cahoon, Megan Diehl, Mia Barreda, Natalie Bennett and Sierra Kroencke.
Coach Ashley also believes he has a solid defensive unit to help keep the opposition off the board.
"I have two very solid goalkeepers," he said of Leiber and Emma Averna.
"I feel good about our defensive capabilities," he added.
Defenders are Hailey Miller, Gaby Tirado, Maggie Gabany, Elizabeth Leibel, Rachel Jones, T.Z. Slaton and Aubrey Munoz, also a possible midfielder.
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