Lady Rockets blank Cornersville

Friday, September 1, 2017
Macie Baker (5), who had one of the two Forrest goals gets ready to take a shot for the Lady Rockets.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest hosted the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night at the Lions Club Memorial Field in Chapel Hill and came away with a hard fought 2-0 win.

“It was enough, it wasn’t real pretty, but it was enough and we will take the win,” Forrest coach Nicole Pickle said.

With the win, Forrest evened up its District 6-A record at 1-1, while the Lady Bulldogs dropped to 0-2.

“I would have liked to have three goals in the first half and three more in the second, but we will take the win and move on down the road,” Pickle said.

The first half was mostly evenly played, but Forrest had three good scoring opportunities with two big saves coming from Cornersville goalkeeper Lydia King and another shot off the boot of Zoe Long careening off the crossbar.

Late in the first half Long made another run, putting a shot on goal that King blocked, but the rebound bounced right to Johnetta Nelson, who deposited the ball into the Cornersville net for a 1-0 Forrest lead.

The scoreboard was inoperable and the time was kept on the field by TSSAA referee Alexander Tyshkevych.

“It’s not fun playing without a scoreboard,” Pickle said. “We sure could use something, it doesn’t have to be anything special, just a clock, some zeroes, home and visitors and we will be happy.”

Cornersville junior Moira Borne makes a run up the side of the field in the second half.

In the second half Cornersville began to get some momentum, especially speedy junior striker Moira Borne, who tried time after time to make a run past the Forrest defense.

Borne did manage to put some pressure on Forrest goalie Jasmine Runk, but the senior Lady Rocket keeper made every save.

Cornersville goalkeeper Lydia King comes out to make a big save on Zoe Long.

Runk finished with 12 saves in the game, while King stopped 14-of-16 Forrest shots on goal.

“Jasmine is a great keeper,” Pickle said. “She has played lights out the last three years and she will play lights out the rest of the season.”

Runk had some big help in front of her as the defensive back four of Kaydee Todd, Lythia Ramirez, Macy Brown, and Adriana Reyes kept the Lady Bulldogs at bay.

“Our defense did really good,” Pickle said. “There were times during the game where they were playing too close together and we talked about that at halftime and I think the second half was much better for us.”

“There are some small things we have to fine tune because eventually we will run into a team we can’t make those mistakes against.”

The Cornersville defense was also very good and determination kept the game at a one goal differential until late in the second half when Lady Rocket junior Macie Baker converted for a 2-0 Forrest lead.

The Lady Bulldogs, who host Wayne County on Tuesday, could not answer the two-goal deficit and the game ended on Tyshkevych’s whistle.

Forrest’s Zoe Long, who had one assist in the game, controls the ball in the first half of the Lady Rockets’ 2-0 win over Cornersville Tuesday night at Chapel Hill.

“Anytime you play another school in the county it is always a good spirited competition and a hard fought battle,” Pickle said. “I thought Cornersville played a good game and they have some very good potential.”

Forrest has tough back-to-back games, beginning with an away contest at LaVergne before returning back to Chapel Hill for a district tilt versus Fayetteville on Thursday.

“We have a couple district games late in the season and we have some bigger schools coming up and they will be tougher games,” Pickle said.

Cornersville 0 0-0

Forrest 1-1-2

Goals: Johnetta Nelson, Macie Baker

Assists: Zoe Long

Shots on Goal: Forrest-Zoe Long 5, Macie Baker 4, Johnetta Nelson 4, Sierrah Riley 2, Macy Brown 1