Village News Reporter
Two Fallbrook High School field hockey players were given all-league recognition by the Avocado League coaches.
Kasey Sanchez and Gianna Alvarez‑Lindenmayer were both placed on the second team. Sanchez is a senior who played goalkeeper for the Warriors. Alvarez‑Lindenmayer is a junior and was Fallbrook’s low midfielder.
All-league selections often include a formula based on the team’s position in the league standings. Fallbrook was 1-9 in Avocado League play to trail the league’s other five teams.
“Had we been in a different league, we would have had a number of girls who would have been deserving of all-league,” said Fallbrook coach Debbie Berg.
The Warriors had an overall record of 8-14-1 including a CIF first-round win over Rancho Buena Vista and a quarter finals loss to league opponent San Marcos. Last year, Fallbrook shared the Palomar League championship and had nine all-league players including five seniors.
Sanchez was on last year’s Palomar League second team. “Kacey’s been playing goalie since she was in seventh grade and she has, especially in the last year, really developed,” Berg said. “She’s put in the time and it shows in her skills.”
Six of Fallbrook’s victories were by shutout, including the overtime game which accounted for the Warriors’ only league victory and the playoff match against Rancho Buena Vista. The Warriors also had a tournament game which ended as a scoreless tie, giving Fallbrook seven shutouts for the season.
Alvarez‑Lindenmayer was on the 2022 Palomar League first team. “Gianna was the heartbeat of our team. She has a huge competitive nature. She also shows her leadership on the field,” Berg said.