On October 30, the Fallbrook varsity field hockey team played the La Costa Canyon Mavericks (LCC). The Warriors showed great resiliency as they came back to win 2-1.
The game began in a sloppy fashion as the two teams exchanged possession of the ball continually. Six minutes into the first half, the Mavericks flipped the ball into the goal for a score. LCC controlled the ball for most of the half.
With nine minutes left in the first period, the Warriors had an excellent fast break opportunity; however, the ball sailed just wide of the goal. Soon, Fallbrook was able to get even with the Mavericks as Warrior Lydia Brambila knocked in a goal with two seconds left. At the conclusion of the first half, the match was tied up at 1-1.
The second quarter began quietly as both teams struggled to produce offensively. About nine minutes into the half, the Warriors seemed to have notched in another goal with a thud against the back of the goal. However, the officials did not agree that the ball had entered the goal.
Both teams pushed the ball in an effort to break the tie. With under a minute left in regulation time, Brambila scored her second goal of the game to put her team ahead by one. The Mavericks failed to score and the Warriors won 2-1.
“I think we played great. We stayed on the ball and we just stepped up,” said Fallbrook defender Lizzy Eskue. Eskue anchored the Warrior defense to a shutout in the second half.
When asked about her thoughts on the game, Fallbrook coach Kathy Waite simply replied, “Ecstatic.”
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