Heavy rain leads to poor playing conditions
The end of the road came for Forrest Tuesday night at Columbia Academy in the Region 6A/AA semifinal as the Lady Bulldogs threw a soggy 6-0 shut-out on the Lady Rockets that avenged a season ending home loss last year in the region tournament.
"They wanted to get even and they did", Forrest coach Dr. Larry Miller said after the game. "They had some incentive; they had something to prove tonight."
The game, which came close to being cancelled earlier in the day, was played on a pitch that was thoroughly soaked and strewn with huge puddles that stopped the ball dead in its tracks. Columbia Academy seemed more prepared for the conditions than the Lady Rockets who played the majority of the game in their end of the field.
"We practiced on the field in the rain yesterday to try to get a feel for the conditions and it paid off," said Lady Bulldog head coach Mike Webster.
Forrest managed just one shot on goal the entire contest while Kensie McKee was peppered with 27 Columbia Academy shots.
Close game broke open midway through first half
The first half started with both squads playing close to the vest as they tried to adjust to the wet conditions. Columbia Academy broke through at the 18-minute mark when Kaitlin Bennett scored from four yards out on a pass from Lauren Lomax.
Lomax added a goal to her assist four minutes later on a rebound from a penalty kick by Lacey Hayes. Columbia Academy made it three nil on a goal at the 30:00 mark by Molly Carpenter.
The second half saw Forrest stopped at midfield as Columbia Academy cleared the ball back into the Lady Rockets zone the majority of the time. The Lady Bulldogs tacked on three more goals in the half to put an end to another successful season for the Lady Rockets who finished at 9-5-3 on the year.
"I am very proud of what these girls have done throughout the year and I will leave it at that," said Miller.
Columbia Academy, who beat Spring Hill 4-3 in their only match-up this season, will travel to the Lady Raiders home field on Thursday for the Region Championship.