Lady Rockets open season with 5-1 win
The Forrest Lady Rockets opened the 2012 soccer season in style Tuesday night in Chapel Hill, beating county rival Cornersville 5-1.
The Lady Rockets were buoyed by a fast start on offense versus the Lady Bulldogs (0-3) as Sarah Blasingim and Julie Macy hooked up on a pair of goals in the first 12 minutes of the match to take a 2-0 lead.
The two early goals by Blasingim put the Lady Dawgs on their heels and FHS first-year head coach Natalie Dennis said after the game about the quick start, "That was very important to get out quick and then play our game. One goal was nice, but two was even better."
Forrest continued to keep the action in the Cornersville end of the pitch for most of the first half as Lady Rocket goalie Candace Daughrity only needed to make one save as the half ended with Forrest still up two-nil.
In the second half, Forrest picked up right where they left as Cassie Septer took a nice crossing pass from Scarlett Roberson at the 38:29 mark and deposited the ball into the back of the Cornersville net for a 3-0 lead.
The Forrest defense continued to thwart any offensive surges that Cornersville mounted with Stacey Nokes, Holly Amoroso and LaDonna Stinson holding firm in front of Daughrity.
"We have worked really hard on our defense and I think the hard work showed tonight," said Dennis.
The Lady Rockets made it a 4-0 contest when Macy drilled a rebound past the Cornersville keeper at the 32:49 mark of the second half.
Roberson got into the scoring column moments later on an unassisted goal to put the Lady Rockets up by five goals.
The Lady Bulldogs would break up the shutout on a nice scoring play by Amala Elder with 25 minutes remaining in the contest.
There was no more scoring after the Elder goal as both squads continued to play some spirited soccer.
"We have a lot of seniors this year," said Dennis, "So, I tried to get some of younger kids in the game to get some experience while we had the big lead."
Forrest hosted Webb on Thursday, while the Lady Dawgs travelled to Summit in search of their first win of the season.