Harpeth ends Forrest streak
The Forrest Lady Rockets had a chance to take a stranglehold on the District 9A-AA regular season standings, but some missed scoring opportunities in the first half were the difference in a 4-1 loss to the Harpeth Lady Indians Thursday night in Chapel Hill.
"Our plan was to come out and shoot and shoot and shoot and eventually it would go in, but none of them would fall," said Forrest head coach Natalie Dennis.
Fifth in row
It was the fifth win in a row for Harpeth (5-3, 4-0) and two in a row over the Lady Rockets, while Forrest (7-1, 5-1) had its seven game unbeaten streak snapped with the loss.
Harpeth got on the board first when Sydney Hoiberg was tackled in the box and subsequently converted the penalty kick at the 37:20 mark of the first half.
Over the next 20 minutes Forrest would have four chances to score, but unlike earlier games this season, they just could not find the back of the net.
The Lady Rockets kept plugging away and their determination paid off at the 13:12 mark of the first half when Brynn Colvin fired home a long distance shot, tying the game at 1-1.
The action would continue at a high pace for the remainder of the first half, but neither team would come up with a goal on a couple of more scoring opportunities for both sides.
Right off the second-half kickoff, the Lady Rockets had a golden opportunity, but missed again and the lost goal would be a big one as Hoiberg scored her second goal of the night at the 31:25 mark, making it 2-1.
The momentum shifted in a big way at that point and the Lady Indians became the aggressors, pressuring the Forrest goal, but Jasmine Runk was up to the task, making several big saves before Hoiberg collected the hat trick for the Lady Indians, scoring her third goal of the game with 20 minutes left in the contest.
"We kind of fell apart there in the second half," said Dennis. "We just didn't have the intensity we needed to make it happen."
Runk would be injured moments later on a diving save and Harpeth took advantage of the Lady Rockets' backup when Olivia Miniat found the back of the Forrest net, putting the game on ice at 4-1.
Forrest would end up with an incredible 28 shots on goal in the contest and Runk was spectacular in the net before being injured, saving 25 shots on goal by Harpeth.
Forrest hosted the MTHEA Crusaders in a non-conference game on Tuesday in Chapel Hill and has other non-league match-ups versus Cornersville, Giles County, and Cascade before taking on White House-Heritage in a make-up district game on Oct. 7.
The District 9A-AA Tournament begins on Oct. 11 with play-in games, and the first round commences two days later.