Waggoner goal lifts Lady Rockets
Forrest's torrid start continued Tuesday night on the pitch in Chapel Hill as the Lady Rockets picked up a huge confidence-boosting win, knocking off Lincoln County 2-1.
"I'm proud of the girls, we didn't know much about this team," said Forrest head coach Natalie Dennis. "I told them to come out shooting and that's exactly what they did."
It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools and the fans got their money's worth as both squads turned in outstanding performances.
As has been the case for much of the early season, Lady Rocket senior striker Sarah Blasingim provided Forrest with an early spark, scoring her fifth goal of the season with less than two minutes gone off the game clock.
"We do really good when we get on top early," said Dennis.
The action was sparkling as both teams put together some good offense, but the defense was up to the task, especially for Forrest who staved off a couple of Lady Falcon scoring chances.
Wall of defense
Seniors LaDonna Stinson and Allison Perivolaris teamed up with junior Anyssa Strong to provide a solid wall of defense the entire contest.
"That was the most physical team we have played yet, in a couple years, they were really physical and the girls stood tough with them, so I am proud of them," said Dennis. "We worked hard with holding our line and it paid off, plus having Anyssa back this year has really been an asset, she has a lot of speed and she means a lot to this squad."
Lincoln County finally broke through at the 14:56 mark of the first half when the Lady Falcons' talented striker Caragan Treola got free and drilled a bullet past Forrest goalie Jasmine Runk, who came within inches of making a spectacular save.
The Lady Falcons continued to pressure, trying to record the go-ahead goal, but the first half ended with game still knotted at 1-1.
The second half began with some fireworks as both squads continued to put together quality scoring chances and Forrest's determination paid off on a big hustle play by Brynn Colvin.
Colvin's fight for the ball and the ensuing corner kick was a good one as the sphere went to the back post where Sierra Waggoner was waiting.
Waggoner leaped in the air, corralling the ball off her body before firing a shot that was initially saved by Lincoln County goaltender Lauren Bradley, but Waggoner stayed with the play and deposited the rebound past Bradley for the go-ahead tally at the 35:12 mark of the second half.
Waggoner has scored one goal in each of the Lady Rockets three games this campaign.
The Forrest defense became even stiffer with the one goal lead, stifling Treola with a double team, while throwing a net around the remaining Lincoln County players.
The Lady Falcons had two promising runs called back on offside calls in the second half and anything even near the Forrest net was eaten up by Runk, who has been magnificent this season in the net for the Lady Rockets.
Forrest survived all the remaining Lincoln County challenges to win the game and remain undefeated on the season at 3-0.
Forrest will not play again until after the Labor Day holiday when they will face a brutal stretch of four district road games in a row, beginning with a trip to White House Heritage on Sept. 2.
Bus rides to Huntland, Community, and Fayetteville will follow before the Lady Rockets return to their home turf on Sept. 16 when they take on the Sycamore Lady War Eagles.