Cook uses five goals to fry Viqueens, 6-2
The Forrest Lady Rockets began the week with a long yellow bus ride to Hickman County on Monday, and it was even a longer trip back from Centerville after a 10-6 loss, but on Tuesday night in Chapel Hill, they bounced back in a big way, stunning the Community Viqueens 6-2.
Second place Community (8-2, 4-2) had suffered just one loss to first place Page on the season coming into Monday's contest, while the Lady Rockets (2-3-1, 2-2-1) were trying to claw their way up to one of the top four spots in the District 11A/AA standings and the opportunity to host a first round district tournament game.
"This is a pretty huge win, most people thought we were going to lose pretty bad," said Cook and fellow senior Camille Harris after the game. "We want to keep winning and get that home game, so our whole town can see us play."
Forrest senior Ciara Cook, coming off a five-goal performance versus the Lady Bulldogs remained red-hot on Tuesday, pouring in five more goals to bring her season total to 17 and boosting her career total to 42.
"I guess I am getting hot at the right time," said Cook. "But, we have talked about playing with team work and everybody stepped up tonight. Our defense was great and we definitely want to keep playing together like we did tonight."
Cook whipped up two unanswered goals in the first twelve minutes, giving the Viqueens an early appetizer, added a third tally late in the first half for a hat trick and a 3-0 main course lead, before serving up a no so sweet two goal desert for her Unionville quests in the second half.
The Lady Rockets were all on the on the same page at outset as FHS goalie Stacy Horton stopped two very early Community scoring attempts before Cook broke the ice on a nice left footed pass from senior winger Brittany Hill at the 27:59 mark of the first half.
Forrest kept the pressure on, and on a bang-bang-bang play, started by a pass from Julie Macy at midfield to Harris.
Harris took the Macy pass and ran up the right side before dishing to Cook who deposited the ball high into the back of the Community goal.
The action was tightly called and the Viqueens got some space, but came up empty on three shots on goal, before finally scoring with 4:42 remaining in the first half on a goal by Courtney Williams.
The half ended with the same 3-1 lead for Forrest.
The second forty minutes began with the Viqueens applying heavy offensive pressure and it paid off on a goal by Kali Sitz at the 31:03 mark of the half, cutting the FHS lead to one goal at 3-2.
The Viqueens continued to move forward, trying to set up for the equalizer, but instead, Holly Amoroso made them pay when she stole a ball in the backfield and threaded a pass up the middle to Cook, who outraced the Community defense for the score, re-opening the two goal lead at 4-2.
Cook's fourth goal of the game seemed to deflate the Viqueen comeback.
Harris put the game on ice when she added to the six-goal menu with a tasty unassisted delight at the 18:20 mark.
The Harris goal was the first of her career.
The visitors had a chance to score at the 13:20 mark when Chelsey Ayala was yellow carded, setting up a short-range penalty shot that went wide right.
With seven minutes remaining in the contest, Cook cleaned up the kitchen when she drilled a penalty shot, ending the scoring at 6-2.
At press time, Forrest and Summit were tied for fifth place in the district standings with 7 points each, looking up at in order, Cascade (9 pts.), MTCS (10 pts.), Community (12 pts.), and Page in first place with 24 points.
Huntland is in seventh place with 3 points, MCHS stands in ninth with 2 points, and Cornersville is in the cellar with 1 point.
Forrest has three district games remaining, beginning with last night's contest versus MTCS, at Cornersville on Tuesday, and the regular season finale at Summit on Thursday.