* Fauquier 5, Liberty 1
Fauquier senior Lindsay O'Bannon is doing her best to take her name out of the school's field hockey record book.
In a 5-1 victory over visiting Liberty in the AA Jefferson District final on Thursday, O'Bannon assisted on a goal by junior Kara Davis early in the second half to give the Falcons a 3-0 lead.
The goal was Davis's 17th this season, breaking the school record of 16 set by Diana McClure in 1980 and tied by O'Bannon last year. Davis scored her 18th with 21 minutes left in the game to secure the victory and a second consecutive district title for Fauquier (14-0).
"She's breaking some records, the brat," O'Bannon said with a laugh after the game. "It's amazing to have a post player like her that scores as much as she does."
Davis's place in the record books is somewhat of a surprise. She spent last year with the junior varsity and began this season as a varsity reserve. She has scored 17 goals in the past 11 games, including four in an 8-0 victory over Charlottesville, three in a 4-1 win over Gloucester and the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Western Albemarle.
"I didn't exactly think she would" have 18 goals this year, Coach Linda Lee said. "She began the year coming off the bench, but she was doing the same things she does now. She's just a scrapper. I don't know how else to describe her. She gets to every loose ball."
Not all of O'Bannon's records are falling. She has 14 goals this year and 37 in her career, breaking the school record of 29 by McClure, who graduated in 1980.
Davis, O'Bannon and senior Marija Randolph (10 goals) have given the Falcons a strong offense. The team also has nine shutouts and has given up five goals and 17 penalty corners. Liberty (9-5-1) did not have a shot on goal until six minutes remained in the game last week.
Fauquier now must prepare for a Virginia AA/A semifinal Friday at Tabb High. The Falcons lost to Chancellor, 2-1, in a semifinal last year.
"That was awful," said Davis, whose sister, Meghan, was a senior on that team. "We've worked so hard to get back there."
The Eagles advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history with a 2-1, double-overtime victory over Western Albemarle in a district semifinal last Monday. They will play at Lancaster on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and, like Fauquier, enter the postseason with a strong balance of offense and defense.
Junior goaltender Paige Wakefield had eight saves Thursday and has 77 saves and six shutouts this year.
Senior Erica Muschamp leads the team with 12 goals and 11 assists, and junior Sadie Wintersteen has six goals and four assists.
It has been a special season all-around for Liberty. Coach Stacey Irvin had a baby girl, Ella, last month and missed four games. Three assistant coaches ran the team in her absence.
"I know we can pull it all together for Tuesday's game," Irvin said. "It's been a great season. I'm glad the girls were the first Liberty field hockey team to make the state playoffs. With both [county] teams going, I think it's a great day for Fauquier field hockey in general."