Lady Rockets grabs huge road win

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Cassie Septer (10) drills home a shot off a Community give away for the first of her two first half goals in the Lady Rockets' 4-2 win at Community Monday night. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The undefeated Forrest Lady Rockets (5-0, 2-0) came up with a huge 4-2 road win in Unionville on Monday, scoring two second half goals, while throwing a defensive blanket over the hometown Viqueens.

Forrest head coach and Community graduate Natalie Dennis said after the match, "This win meant more to the entire team than any win we will have this season."

Long-awaited win

It was the first win for the Lady Rockets over the Viqueens since a 2-0 win in 2010 and only the third triumph over Community in eight tries.

"The seniors on this team who have played since eighth grade have never beaten Community before," said Dennis. "So this was a huge milestone for them tonight."

The Viqueens struck first in the contest on a breakaway goal by Lexi Bennett with just under three minutes gone in the contest.

Septer scores twice

Forrest could not capitalize on two corner kick opportunities, but they kept on plugging and than got a big break when a poor clearing attempt by the Community defense turned into a hustle goal for Cassie Septer, who was waiting on the doorstep to drill home the tying goal at the 30:30 mark of the first half.

Less than five minutes later, Septer was in the right position again when Brynn Colvin whistled a shot off the crossbar that bounced directly to Septer, who knocked in the rebound, making it a 2-1 contest.

The Viqueens were spurred on by the Forrest goal and responded with a tally of their own when Mercedes Huntley found some space in traffic in front of the Lady Rockets' net for the game tying score with 17:31 remaining in the first half.

Both squads played inspired soccer the rest of the half, but neither team could produce a go-ahead goal and the match went to the second half, level at 2-2.

Forrest surges

Community came out of the halftime break with some high energy and dominated play for the first four minutes before a diving save by Forrest goalkeeper Jasmine Runk fired up the Lady Rockets, who began to surge.

Rickee Gayle Carter (15), who had the assist on the go-ahead goal Monday night in Unionville, executes a first half throw in.

The tenacity paid off for Forrest when Septer won a ball in the Community end and passed to Rickee Gayle Carter, who sent a beautiful crossing pass to the middle where Brynn Colvin was waiting.

Colvin sent the sphere past the Viqueen keeper, putting the Lady Rockets in the lead at 3-2 with 25:41 remaining in the contest.

Five minutes later, Runk came zooming far out of the net to stop a Community scoring threat and the play would go back and forth for several minutes until Sarah Blasingim drilled home a left-footed missile, making it 4-2 with 16:12 remaining in the game.

The Lady Rockets almost scored again two minutes later, but a defensive save kept the Viqueens hopes alive.

Threat ends

From there, Forrest stonewalled the Unionville girls, dropping players into defensive positions to quell any more Community threats for the rest of the game.

"They were quicker than us, so we had to drop back and stay back on them," said Dennis. "They held their own and made it happen."

The Lady Rockets travel to Fayetteville on Thursday, followed by a pair of home games next week versus Region 5 A-AA foes Sycamore and Harpeth.

"We still have some tough games coming up and it is not over by any means," said Dennis. "But as long as we stay to playing our game and doing what we do, we can make this happen."