Fauquier Girls Stumble, 2-1
The fifth-ranked Fauquier girls' soccer team started its game Monday against Brentsville giving up scoring chances at a rate it hadn't experienced all season. The Falcons did not fully recover in a 2-1 loss.
Midfielder Noel Straight is confident, however, that Fauquier will produce a completed comeback the next time it faces adversity.
Brentsville took a 1-0 halftime lead and stretched it to 2-0 with a penalty kick with less than 15 minutes left in the second half.
"I wasn't surprised by the pressure. We were expecting a good team, and we got a good team," said Straight, whose team had outscored opponents 52-2 entering this week. "I was more surprised how we reacted to their pressure. I expected we'd be a bit more cool-headed than I wish we were. We kind of got ourselves in trouble.
"I expected to come back when we were scored against. Even when it was 2-0, I was saying, 'We can do this.' We haven't had to do that this year, but we can do it."
Lindsey Mancari scored in the final five minutes for the Falcons' goal.
Fauquier will host Brentsville on Monday, with the winner likely claiming the top seed for the Northwestern District tournament.
"They brought it to us tonight, and we didn't respond," Fauquier Coach Daniel Beaver said. "I'd like to think that when we get them again, we'll do better."
Fellow Teachers, Rival Coaches
Kris Kelican works closely with Claire Collins at River Bend Middle School as P.E. teachers, but the two will be on opposite sidelines Friday night as the coaches of the girls' soccer teams at Potomac Falls and Broad Run, respectively.
Kelican said the banter has been limited leading up to the game and throughout the season, even though they preside over the Dulles District's top two teams. Broad Run was undefeated through Tuesday, and Potomac Falls has lost once (1-0 to the Spartans on April 20) and tied once.
"We see each other, and we talk a bit, but we don't talk a lot of soccer," Kelican said. "She wants to beat us, and we want to beat them. . . . It's different."
It's also unusual that Potomac Falls's lineup is nearly back at full strength. The Panthers have been afflicted by a host of injuries, but Ashleigh Snook and Lauren Malan are among several key players to come back in recent weeks.
"You can't match their desire when they get on the field," Kelican said.
As the result of a 2-2 tie against Park View last week, the Panthers now have to defeat Broad Run to maintain a chance of tying for the district lead. Even a Potomac Falls victory may not be enough if the Spartans are still unbeaten entering Friday.
"We shot ourselves in the foot, so it's [somewhat] out of our hands," Kelican said. "I just hate having to have someone do something for you."
-- ASHTON WILLIAMS