Fauquier field hockey gets 2nd consecutive shutout win following lineup change
Fauquier's Allie White recently moved from forward to defender. --Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Ten days ago, Allie White was the Fauquier Falcons' best forward.
She's not anymore.
White is now a defender. And yet the Falcons' offense hasn't suffered.
In fact, Fauquier beat the Orange field hockey team Monday, 4-0, on the road after also defeating Kettle Run on Sept. 17, 4-0, at home in Warrenton.
Six different players scored in those two games with White newly anchoring a Falcons defense that had allowed 2.6 goals per game over their first seven contests. Consecutive shutout wins have justified the lineup change made by Fauquier coach Brooke Settle.
"This new lineup has some real good connections" between players, she said. "I think they feel more conformable. … They're starting to use each other and passing better and communicating as a team."
Settle moved White, a senior, to the defensive end beginning in the Kettle Run game. She wanted a senior leader on every level of the field, and she knew the Falcons had a bevy of scorers on the offensive end while having less experienced defenders.
"Everybody's scoring," Settle said. "And we knew at the center of the defensive line [White] could stop everything coming through and still be quick enough to get back and be involved in the offense."
White, in fact, still scored a goal against Kettle Run, joining Micensie Barrett, Madison Martin and Victoria Kroneke as Fauquier's goal scorers, making for a rarely lopsided result against the Cougars. Against Orange, Peyton Evans scored twice while Erin Jones and Barrett had one goal each. Adding one assist each were Megan Diehl, Lindsay Smarrelli, Barrett and White.
"I think they're finally starting to play as a team," Settle said. "They're passing to each other rather than just touching and hitting. … They, overall, have more confidence and that's allowing them to make smarter decisions."
Fauquier (7-2 overall, 3-2 Conference 22) will next play Wednesday against Courtland, a conference foe that beat the Falcons, 5-2, to open the season Aug. 25.
"The girls are really, really pumped about this game," Settle said. "They want to get a win."
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