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Warrior girls soccer gives first-year coach 4-14-2 record

Kevin Koptieff’s first year as Fallbrook High School’s girls soccer coach saw the Warriors end the 2009-10 season with a 4-14-2 overall record, including an 0-7-2 mark in Avocado League play which placed the Warriors sixth and last in the standings.

“Once it came down to league play we just struggled. We couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net,” Koptieff said. “The girls fought hard, but they couldn’t pull off a win.”

The Warriors began their season by reaching the finals of the Barons-Howie Classic tournament. Fallbrook’s December 2 - 1 win over Otay Ranch to close out pool play in the Mustang Tournament gave the Warriors a 4-4 record.

The record is still an improvement from the 2-14-3 mark Fallbrook had for the 2008-09 season. “It was a fun season. The girls, they played hard, they worked hard,” Koptieff said.

The 2009-10 team had nine seniors, including eight starters. “Those girls that are leaving will definitely be missed,” Koptieff said.

Koptieff notes that he will have a young team for 2010-11 but that he has various junior varsity and reserve players who will seek to fill the roles of their graduating predecessors.

“There’s going to be a lot of girls fighting for those spots,” he said of the vacated starting positions.

Koptieff noted that the high school athletic administration, especially athletic director Patrick Walker, was instrumental in his initial season as a high school coach. “Being a first-year coach it was good to have a lot of help from Patrick Walker,” Koptieff said.

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