Lady Rockets beaten in Wartrace, 4-2

Friday, September 16, 2011
The players are all smiles as Forrest head coach Sherry Jones shakes hands with TSSAA soccer referee Keith Hamilton after he showed some great generosity by donating a pair of soccer goal nets to the Lady Rockets' program. (Photo submitted)

After playing MCHS to a 2-2 tie in their season opener last week, the Forrest Lady Rockets went on a yellow bus trip to Wartrace and after leading 2-1 at the half, the Lady Champions came back with three, second half goals to hand FHS a 4-2 loss.

Cascade controlled the first five minutes of the game, not allowing Forrest to move up in to any type of offensive rush.

Cascade head coach Monica Lewis said after the contest, "We were off last week for the horse show and I think it hurt us, it really does. We were off our game tonight and the girls knew it."

Alyssa Hoover had two good scoring opportunities early on for Cascade, but Lady Rocket keeper Stacey Horton was up to the task, saving both shots on goal.

Forrest finally got some offense moving and Ciara Cook almost scored on a rush at the 34:30 mark, but her shot was off the mark and game remained scoreless.

Down at the other end, Horton stopped a Cascade rebound attempt, and moments later, Hoover hit the Forrest goal post and the ball bounded away.

The action was even the next three minutes until Cascade's Emily Lewis found an opening and scored the game's first goal at the 26:40 mark.

Brittany Hill nearly tied the game at the 23:52 mark of the half on a rush, but Cascade goalie Kayla Carden was there for the save.

Hoover and Abby Jett both had good shots on goal over the next several minutes for the home squad, but neither could find the back of the net.

Forrest senior striker Ciara Cook (4) gets past Cascade defender Tiffany McCord (5) to score the go-ahead goal in the first half.

Two thirds through the first half, Cook took a pass in the middle from Cassie Septer and made Cascade pay when she drilled home the game-tying goal.

With ten more minutes to play in the half, Forrest shocked the Lady Champs when Cook scored the go-ahead goal off another pretty pass from Septer.

"I was surprised when we were down at the half," said Lewis. "I told them at halftime we needed at least three or four goals. We had scored 42 goals and had just two against us and we had to get things going, but Forrest has an awesome goalie, probably the best we have faced all year."

The second half was a different story for the Rockets as Cascade was determined to defend their home field and with just five minutes gone, Haley Edmondson tied the game on a shot off the left wing.

Cascade would score two more goals in the half, the first coming at the 17:06 mark by Tori Slater and the final tally of the match coming with five minutes remaining in the game by Lewis.

Lady Rocket defender Candace Daughrity (2) clears the ball out of the Forrest zone as Cascade's Emily Lewis (18) closes in.

Forrest beat Huntland 4-0 at home Thursday and will travel to top ranked Page on Tuesday.

Lewis was complimentary of Forrest after the game, saying, "I'll tell you, Forrest is good and I think it is the best team they have had in a while. I think out girls were surprised of the competition they had."