Before the season, Loudoun County girls' soccer coach Kirk Smith said he thought his team would have a multifaceted offense. In just the first week of the season, the Raiders (3-0) proved Smith correct, defeating three Northwestern District teams by a combined score of 13-1. Ten Raiders scored in the three games.
"It looks like this season is going to be much like it was last year when we had 11 to 12 girls who scored two or more goals," Smith said, "and our defense has been playing well."
Against Fauquier on March 27, the Falcons took an early lead when senior forward Lindsay O'Bannon scored on a 20-yard shot almost 15 minutes into the contest. But Loudoun County senior midfielder Anna Bridges answered nearly 10 minutes later with a goal, and senior forward Whitney Strand broke the tie midway through the second half with a 20-yard shot.
Last Friday, the Raiders shut down Sherando's offense by allowing just four shots on goal. Senior forward Lena Franklin scored twice in the first half, and Stacey Smith finished the scoring just five minutes into the second in a 3-0 victory.
Falcons' Smith Sprains Knee
Fauquier senior midfielder Greg Smith sprained his right knee after scoring the lone goal in a victory against Park View last Friday.
Smith's goal came on a penalty kick about 30 minutes into the game, and he was injured almost 30 minutes later in the second half while trying to control the ball against Park View defenders.
"He is a huge part of our team," Fauquier Coach Matt Zuras said, adding that he thinks Smith may be out for the week but should return against Handley on Tuesday. "I hope, though, that we'll be able to take care of things without him."
Smith had a goal and two assists in Fauquier's opener against Heritage on March 24. Sophomore forward Chris Burnside had two goals, and senior Schuyler Stephenson had one.
Zuras said he thought that Park View's offense was overwhelming in the first 15 minutes of Friday's game when its speedy front line dominated the ball and took several close shots on goal.
"Eventually, we settled down, but for the first 15 minutes, they were really aggressive, and we were kind of knocked back on our heels," Zuras said. "That game could have gone either way. [Park View] is a very good team."
-- Will Toussaint