This year’s Fairfax High girls’ field hockey team has flip-flopped in terms of player personnel. But the on-field results have not changed. The Rebels continue to win.
Last year’s Fairfax squad captured the Liberty District tournament title with a championship game win over Langley. Eight of the team’s 2009 starters have since graduated. Nevertheless, the Rebels, even though they are much younger with just two seniors on their roster, have been winning with regularity over the first half of the fall season. Going into this week, the team carried an impressive 6-0-1 record.
“We are just learning positioning and team cohesion, but we have a lot of athleticism and raw talent,” said Fairfax coach Amber Beaudoin. “We are doing well this year.”
The season’s highlight came in Fairfax’s home opener on Sept. 7 when the Rebels ended a 13-year stretch of losses to Woodson with a 2-1 victory over the Cavaliers.
Fairfax went 3-0-1 at Lee High School’s Annual Under the Lights Invitational, held Sept. 10-11. Two of the tournament wins came over non-Northern Region opponent Woodbridge – by scores of 5-0 and 2-0. The tie came against West Springfield, 1-1.
Fairfax opened the season on Aug. 30 with a 2-1 win at Annandale. More recently, the Rebels were victorious at Centreville High, 2-1, last Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Fairfax’s top players this season include: senior TJ Deivert, who earned All-Region and All-District accolades last year and is leading this year’s squad in scoring with seven goals and three assists; senior midfielder Lauren Abram, a Second Team All-District selection in 2009; and sophomore forward Sam Zelenack, who has tallied five goals and two assists this season.