Lady Rockets blank Huntland for first win
It didn't take long for the Forrest Lady Rockets to prove to head coach Sherry Jones that they were ready to play against Huntland Thursday night as they scored two goals in the first eleven minutes of the contest and went on to shutout the Lady Hornets 4-0 for their first win of the season.
Jones said after the game, "It was good to get that first win; I am very pleased with the girls."
Senior Ciara Cook scored the first of her two goals in the game at the 37:11 mark of the first half when she took a perfect cross from Camille Harris and deposited the ball into the back of the visitor's net.
Huntland did not have a shot on goal until the four-minute mark, but Stacey Horton was there for the save.
Horton would end up with nine saves in the contest and was never in danger of allowing a goal as the junior keeper had good position all night in a solid effort in the net.
Forrest kept pounding away on offense with several more early shots on goal, and at the 28:39 mark of the half, junior Katey Campbell tallied her first goal of the season on a pinpoint crossing pass off the left foot of senior Brittney Hill for a 2-0 hometown lead.
"We are deep on the bench and we got a lot of offensive opportunities tonight," said Jones.
The Lady Rockets continued with the heavy pressure and the action stayed on Huntland's end of the pitch for most of the half.
The Lady Hornets managed just three more shots on the goal the remainder of the first half and Horton stopped them all as Forrest took the two goals to zero lead into the halftime huddle.
"Just the fact that they did not come out in the second half and take for granted the score in the first half," said Jones. "Just like Dr. Miller used to say, play like its zero-zero when you're in the lead."
The Lady Rockets' defense stuck like glue to the Hornet offenders and at the 23:43 mark of the second half, Cook was yellow carded when she disturbed a Hornets nest near the Huntland end line.
Forrest was buoyed by the call on Cook and moments later, Hill found a wide-open Julie Macy in front of the Huntland net for goal number three on the night.
"We got a lot of senior leadership tonight and it was good to see the girls stay together and rally around each other," said Jones.
Macy was yellow carded for some rough play later on, as the Lady Rockets would not budge on defense.
Cook put some icing on the cake when she scored her sixth goal of the season on an assist from Campbell with twelve minutes left in the game, and from there, it was light's out, party over.
Forrest (1-1-1) travels to Page on Tuesday.