Fallbrook High School’s field hockey team began the 2009 CIF Division I playoffs by winning its first two matches.
The Warriors, who were seeded third in the playoffs and had a first-round bye, won their quarterfinal match at home November 17 against Vista by a 1-0 score and then defeated second-seeded Torrey Pines November 19 on the Falcons’ field in a penalty stroke shootout.
The only goal of the game against Vista occurred with about ten minutes left in the first half, when Lauren Hughey scored with assists from Sarah Lopez and Kyle Little. “Very close,” said Fallbrook coach Kathy Waite.
Vista had entered the match with a 14-8-1 record, including a 7-3 Palomar League mark which placed the Panthers second in the final conference standings.
The match against Torrey Pines was scoreless during regulation and during two overtime periods. The teams went to strokes, and Fallbrook prevailed 3-1 as five shooters from each team sought to score. Hughey, Christine Russell, and Melissa Maultsby scored for the Warriors during strokes while Fallbrook goalie Jahna Jordan stopped enough Falcon shots to seal the win.
“That was awesome,” Waite said. “Girls deserve it. It was a shining win.”
Torrey Pines entered the semifinal match with a 16-7 record, including a 7-3 Avocado League statistic which earned second place in the league.
“Girls played good,” Waite said of her team. “They showed up to play.”
The semifinal win gave the Warriors a 20-6 overall record for the season. Fallbrook finished the regular season with an 18-6 record, including a 6-4 Avocado League record which tied La Costa Canyon for third place in the standings.