Viqueens hand Forrest first District 9A/AA loss
The Forrest Lady Rockets, coming off a 7-1 thrashing over Fayetteville, made the short trip to Unionville on Tuesday and left their offense at home as the Viqueens soundly defeated Chapel Hill 4-1.
"We started off from behind and usually that's what will happen when get behind and you try to claw your way back," Forrest coach Nicole Pickle said. "I'm proud of the girls, they came together as a team tonight, they hustled, they played hard, but unfortunately we just couldn't get any luck."
The loss was the first District 9 A/AA setback for Forrest (3-2-1, 1-1), while the Viqueens (6-2-1, 3-0) sit alone at the top of the south division standings.
"We have to keep our eyes forward and keep moving forward and let this be a learning experience for us," Pickle said.
Forrest likes to play fast and furious, but they were hindered by a wet soft pitch at Unionville after a substantial rain storm passed through the area shortly before game time.
The Lady Rockets still managed to get 21 shots on goal and had numerous chances early to break out on top.
As usual, when these two longtime rivals meet, the play was rough and tumble as Community gave up several free kicks due to fouls in the first half, but the Lady Rockets did not convert any of the penalty boots on the soggy pitch.
"Community is always a tough game, mentally and physically for us," Pickle said. "I actually thought this game was better than the last one for us, but playing from behind is always hard to do, especially against a team like Community."
After Forrest controlled the action for the first five minutes, Community got going on offense as Lady Rocket keeper Jasmine Runk became a busy lady for the remainder of the first half.
Brynn Colvin almost gave Forrest the lead on a free kick with just under 10 minutes to go in the first half, but her curving shot missed wide left.
The Viqueens broke through shortly afterwards when senior Gloria Hernandez sailed a perfect shot into the top left corner of the net, making it one-nil with 6:38 left in the half.
Community put Forrest in a bind a minute and a half later when Brianna Pearson somehow managed to score from the right end line on a miracle shot that Runk had no chance to block when the ball soared perfectly over her head for a two-zip Community lead.
The Viqueens looked like they would take the two-goal lead to the halftime break, but Forrest had other ideas when Brynn Colvin drilled a long shot past Community keeper Dora Ramos, slicing the lead in half at 2-1 at the 1:20 mark.
Three minutes into the second half, disaster struck when Logan Brothers made it a 3-1 contest on the third miracle goal of the game by the Viqueens.
"We had a lot of good things going on for us tonight, but it just seemed that luck did not go our way," Pickle said. "They had some really lucky shots that they were able to capitalize on, but we will be OK."
Forrest could not get much cohesiveness generated as the Viqueens became even more physical as time wound down in the second half.
Other than a few minor runs and some free kicks way out due to Community fouls, the Lady Rockets did not put much pressure on Ramos for the rest of the game.
The Viqueens got to celebrate in a big way when Bailey Smith dribbled through most of the Forrest squad and scored goal number four for Unionville with 12.4 seconds remaining in the game.
Forrest had a game at Huntland yesterday and will not be back on the pitch again until they travel to MTCS on Thursday for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
Forrest 1 0-1
Community 2 2-4
Shots on goal-Brynn Colvin 12, Haley Lowe 4, Rickee Gayle Carter 3, Elizabeth Pimentel 1, Zoe Long 1
Saves-Jasmine Runk 14
Community Goals- Gloria Hernandez, Brianna Pearson, Logan Brothers, Bailey Smith