Lady Rockets lose first game
The Forrest Lady Rockets came into Tuesday night's early season matchup versus 3A Franklin County undefeated and full of confidence and not much changed after a well fought 3-2 loss to the Lady Rebels.
"The second half was a good test for us, but I think the first half we came out kind of flat and sluggish," Forrest coach Nicole Pickle said. "But the second half we played more like we have been playing the last three games, they definitely steeped it up, so I'm proud of that. It's hard playing from behind."
Strong Lady Rebs
Franklin County was the total aggressors early as the stayed in Forrest's half of the field for the first 20 minutes and did not allow the Lady Rockets a shot on goal until a Brynn Colvin attempt at the 21:07 mark.
"We didn't have any momentum from the get go and didn't get that first shot off until after 20 minutes and we can't afford to do that," Pickle said.
The Lady Rebs broke through first, scoring on an Adrianna Cruz goal at the 29:36 mark of the first half and as Forrest began to pick up the pace on offense it paid off when Colvin drilled a 30-yard shot into the upper left hand corner of the Franklin net, tying the game at 1-1 with less than 14 left in the half.
The lead was short-lived as the Lady Rebels made it a 2-1 contest three minutes later on a Tyler Feaster goal with 10 minutes to go in the first half and they added their final goal of the game late via a Rebecca Colson tally, ending the half with the visitors holding a two-goal lead.
Turning it up
"During halftime we just told the girls that we wanted them to play with everything they could because they lacked that intensity in the first half," Pickle said.
Soccer turned into football in the second half as the two squads locked horns physically as several yellow cards were issued in the final 20 minutes of the contest.
One of the Franklin County fouls paid huge dividends for Forrest when Colvin was fouled about 15 yards away from the Franklin County goal where she proceeded to nail a perfect shot that sailed into the Franklin County net slicing the deficit to a single goal with 21:6 remaining in the contest.
The Colvin tally lit a fire under Forrest and they got several opportunities at corner kicks to tie the game, but could not convert.
As the humidity and began to take its toll on the players, so did their patience as rough play continued until the two minute mark when Forrest pulled some of its key players off the field as not to not risk losing one or two for a needless red card situation where they have to sit out with the district portion of the schedule coming up.
"I'll take 3-2 against this team, nobody got hurt, nobody got suspended for a game because we are trying to play smart and conservative there the last two minutes with the district starting up next week," Pickle said. "We are proud of them for the team effort and sticking together, we were getting bumped around tonight and bruised, but that's a part of it and a good warmup for our district."
Franklin County 3 0-3
Forrest 1 1-2
Shots on goal-Brynn Brynn 8, Rickee Gayle Carter 2, Ally Amoroso 1, Macie Baker 1
Goals-Brynn Colvin 2
Saves-Jasmine Runk 23