The Forrest Lady Rockets' senior class had a mission Monday night in Chapel Hill, clinch home field for the first round of the District 11A/AA Tournament and play at least one more match on their home pitch.
The mission was a success, coming in the form of a 4-1 win over the Cascade Lady Champions, the only team that could have spoiled the home cooking for the Lady Rockets.
Forrest (5-4-1, 5-3-1) will come into the postseason as the number four seed and a re-match with number five Cascade (6-4-1, 5-3-1) is the likely scenario for the district opener on Oct. 18.
"This was a very important victory to us because it was the seniors' last game. Now they all have another chance to play here at home and show what they can do," said Forrest defender Johnna Seigo.
Forrest controlled the action early on, but Cascade shook off the road jitters and began to make several surges into the Lady Rockets' scoring zone.
The Lady Rockets almost scored an early goal, but the play was whistled offside by the officials.
Cascade had a great opportunity at the 30:20 mark on a shot that just kissed off the top crossbar of the Forrest goal.
The Lady Rockets also missed on two chances moments later, but finally got on the board at the 28:49 mark when Anna Wiser took control of the ball in her own end, rushed up the right sideline beating several defenders and dished a beautiful pass to Taylour Allen, who neatly deposited the ball into the Cascade net for a 1-0 lead.
The play began to get a little rough on both sides with yellow cards handed out to players on both squads.
Cascade got even on the scoreboard on a goal by Mary Saylors, who booted the ball in on a turn around shot from fifteen yards out.
Forrest took a one goal lead into halftime on an extra time score when Brianda Elmore booted a ball through the Cascade defense that found Allen wide open for her second goal of the contest.
The Forrest defense stiffened up in the second half, clearing ball after ball out of their end and winning some crucial balls at midfield.
Allen got the hat trick, eight minutes into the second half on another assist from Wiser.
Allen's fourth goal, and number nineteen on the season was a beauty. The junior standout flashed to the right side of the Cascade zone, some thirty yards from the net and sent a high floater that sailed into the top left hand corner of the goal to make the final score, 4-1.
"This was a big win for us," said Allen after the contest. "This should bring our confidence up a bit after those two losses. We are looking forward to the district now. It is definitely most important to have that home crowd and play on our home field."