Lady Rockets zoom out of the gate
After a huge 7-1 opening season win at MTCS, the Forrest Lady Rockets returned to Chapel Hill for their home debut on Thursday versus intra-county rival Marshall County and head coach Natalie Dennis' squad did not disappoint the hometown fans, winning 5-1 over the Tigerettes.
"We're looking good so far, our offense is kicking on all cylinders," said Dennis. "It was a great win, we had good team work tonight and they seem to be coming together as a team."
Senior striker Sarah Blasingim logged the brace for the Lady Rockets, scoring the opening goal in the first half before recording another goal late in the contest.
Blasingim, one of five senior starters for Dennis, topped off a long stretch of one-sided possession to start the contest when she drilled a long range shot into the back of the net at the 18:05 mark of the first half.
"It's nice to have all the experience," said Dennis. "Some of these kids have been playing together since eighth grade, so it makes it a big difference."
Five minutes later, senior Sierra Waggoner got into the scoring column with a nice move around an MCHS defender before depositing the sphere into the net, making it two-nil.
Goalie stops 'em
The Tigerettes got some offense going near the end of the first half, but could not get the ball past Forrest goalie Jasmine Runk.
The first half margin may have been larger for Forrest, but some clutch saves by MCHS net-minder Alexis Ford kept the Tigerettes within striking distance.
Marshall County came out of the halftime break inspired and at the 36:30 mark, freshman Ashley Orr drilled a shot past Runk, cutting the Forrest lead in half.
The Tigerettes got a bad break when a Brynn Colvin corner kick deflected off an MCHS defender and into the net for an own goal at the 29:45 mark of the second half, making it a 3-1 contest.
Back and forth
The action began to go back and forth as Runk made two nice saves before Blasingim found the back of the MCHS net on a rebound, putting the hometown Lady Rockets up 4-1 with 19 minutes remaining in the game.
MCHS tried to stay in the game, pushing forward in an attempt to score, but Runk and the Forrest defense was up to the task, stopping several good Tigerettes' runs.
The final goal of the game came at the 15:04 mark when Colvin drilled a bullet past Ford, making it a 5-1 contest.
Neither squad would score again as the Lady Rockets jumped out to an early season 2-0 record.
Forrest will entertain Lincoln County (1-0) on Tuesday before embarking on a four-game road trip.
"We have a pretty tough district, we have to travel some distance to Huntland, Fayetteville, and White House, but I think we are going to give it all we got this year and our goal is to win the district tournament," said Dennis.
The Tigerettes (0-2), who fell to Lawrence County 6-1 last Tuesday will try to get their first win of the season as they play Spring Hill and Wayne County this week.