About the only time Brentsville forward Stephanie Hair didn't worry the Fauquier girls' soccer team Monday night was the early second-half stretch she spent crouching in front of her team's bench after being sent off for a yellow card.
Once Hair returned, she used her speed to create plenty of havoc and help protect a lead against last season's Virginia AA semifinalists.
Brentsville did hold on, 2-1, to improve to 11-1 overall, 9-1 in the AA Northwestern District. The Tigers are scheduled to play at Fauquier (11-1, 9-1) on Monday.
"It was getting a little nerve-wracking," Hair said. "It was getting a little scary there towards the end, but we held our ground pretty well."
Hair has been a big part of Brentsville's success as the Tigers made the jump from Virginia A to AA this season, scoring 10 goals and assisting on five others.
She, along with fellow sophomore forward Caly Cassady, get their share of attention from defenses, but Hair's teammates also are impressed with her speed and awareness on the outside.
"It's awesome [to watch]," said Brentsville junior Erin Germain, who scored the Tigers' first goal. "She can get the ball and go past anybody. If anyone crosses it, she's always there. She's amazing to watch."
-- Ashton Williams