Warriors reach CIF field hockey semifinal

Fallbrook High School’s field hockey team ended its 2012 season in the CIF Division I semifinals.

After receiving a first-round bye, the Warriors defeated Torrey Pines in a Nov. 13 home match before losing at Scripps Ranch in the Nov. 15 semifinal contest.

“I was very happy with this year,” said Fallbrook coach Kirstin Mueller.

The Warriors ended the regular season with a 16-6 overall record, including an 8-2 Avocado League figure which gave Fallbrook a share of the league championship. The Warriors earned the fourth seed in the CIF Division I playoffs along with a first-round bye.

The quarterfinal match against fifth-seeded Torrey Pines was scoreless during regulation, but during the overtime period Kathryn Markham scored the game’s only goal in conjunction with an assist from Lauren Copeland.

Fallbrook goalie Jordan Dues made four saves during her shutout which included the contributions of defenders Erika Gonzalez, Heather Williams, and Kayla Wilson.

“It was a great game,” Mueller said. “I was really happy.”

Fallbrook had opened the 2012 season with a 2-1 loss to Torrey Pines on the Falcons’ field Sept. 4.

The Scripps Ranch Falcons entered the semifinal match with an undefeated season record as well as the top seed in the Division I playoffs. Both goals of Scripps Ranch’s 2-0 victory over Fallbrook were scored in the first half. “First half we weren’t really playing our game. We were playing more defense,” Mueller said.

During the second half Fallbrook had 12 corner shots. “They played an amazing second half,” Mueller said. “We had a lot of opportunities.”

Scripps Ranch subsequently won the CIF championship and finished the season with a 26-0 overall record. “I really thought that the girls played an amazing game, and they were really happy with what they did,” Mueller said.

Fallbrook ended the season with a 17-7 overall record, including a 1-3 start to the season. “They really kept improving throughout the whole season,” Mueller said. “In the last game that they played, they were a totally different team than what they started with.”

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