Tigerettes take down Forrest
County rivals Marshall County High and Forrest School met to open the 2015 girls soccer season Tuesday night. The Lady Rockets were coming off arguably the best season in school history, which included a 7-0 start, while the Tigerettes were trying to snap a losing streak against the Rockets dating to 2009.
Marshall County prevailed 4-2 to halt the skid against its rival.
"Historically, we haven't had a good track record against Forrest," Coach Mark Redferrin said. "They've dominated us for the past 6-8 years. And so competition within the county is always very competitive. This is a huge in-county rivalry and if our players can't get motivated for this one, they can't get otivated
for any game."
The Tigerettes got on the board early in the opening half with a score by junior Lesley Hudson.
The Tigerettes continued their motivated play, scoring just a few minutes later when freshman Patience
Ferguson kicked a bullet past the Lady Rockets goaltender to go up 2-0 less than 20 minutes into the game.
The MCHS onslaught continued five minutes later as Grace Smith threw an inbounds pass to sophomore Macy Smith, who promptly nailed the goal up the lead to 3-0.
The Lady Rockets regrouped with Brynn Colvin nailing a goal on the penalty kick with 15 minutes remaining in the half.
"I feel like you can always come back and win," said Colvin, a center midfielder for the Rockets. "If you're down by two and score then you're just that much closer to getting back in it.
The Tigerettes threw a dagger through the idea of a comeback when senior Abbey Redferrin broke loose from the defenders to score on a nice pass from Kaylee Apostolico for a 4-1 cushion.
"We've always had a rivalry with Forrest. We haven't won against them in the past 8 (7) years I believe,"
Redferrin said. "We just refused to lose this year."
The second half turned into a stalemate, with Forrest stepping up its defensive intensity and playing more aggressive to hold the Tigerettes scoreless. "I think our passes got better and we got the ball around," said Forrest forward Rickee Gayle. "The defense worked harder to get the ball out and away from our goal."
The Lady Rockets scored the lone goal of the second half with three minutes remaining Colvin broke free
for her second goal of the night. "We have to forget what happened tonight and move on," said a visibly upset Forrest coach Natalie Dennis. "We have a new ballgame and a new team to play. Every team and every game is different. You just have to adjust."
Forrest High School at Marshall County
Score at Half: FHS-1, MCHS-4
Final Score: FHS-2, MCHS-4
MCHS Goals by: Abbey Redferrin, Macy
Smith, Lesley Hudson and Patience
Assists by: Abbey Redferrin, Grace Smith
and Kaylee Apostolico.
Alexis Ford had 6 saves
Player of the Match: Lesley Hudson