Colvin free kicks Rockets over Vikings in season opener
After winning just two games last year, the Forrest Rockets started off the 2018-2019 soccer campaign with a bang as they came away with a 3-2 come from behind win at Community Monday night in the season opener for both squads.
“It feels great, the guys really stuck together today,” said first-year coach Roger Carrier. “We were up and then we were down and we came back at the end, so I’m proud of how they played.”
Dalton Colvin’s right foot was the difference in the contest as the junior lifted the Rockets to victory with a pair goals off of free kicks in the last three and half minutes of the game.
The Rockets started off the District 6-A contest with a lot of energy as they controlled the action for much of the first half versus the Vikings.
Three-time state champion wrestler Jeff Gross had two early shots on goal for Forrest that were blocked by Community’s freshman keeper Villamar Anica as the Rockets tried to break through with the first goal.
The Vikings began to mount a charge as they put some pressure on Forrest goalkeeper Chris Pimental, but the junior was up to the task as the game remained scoreless.
At the 17:50 mark of the first half, play was stopped and both teams were given a rough play warning.
Two minutes later, Forrest eighth-grader Chris Davis made a run down the left side of the field and broke in on the Community defense and let go a kick that went past Anica to put the Rockets in front 1-0.
“I thought they were winning a lot of the 50-50 balls and we needed to get a little better on that and we did the second part of the first half and that goal seemed to boast us,” Carrier said. “Chris Davis has got a lot of sprit.”
Pimental had to come up with a pair of saves as the Vikings looked to tie the game.
Community kept pressing, but the Forrest defense held firm as they stuck with the Vikings up and down the pitch.
After being warned several times for rough play, Community’s Lane Stacy was shown a yellow card at the 5:12 mark of the first half and went to the bench.
With the first half winding down, Community came up with its best scoring chance of the game when a low shot went just wide left with 10 seconds remaining and the Rockets took the one-nil lead to the intermission.
The Vikings came out of the halftime break with a fury and less than five minutes into the second half, Community tied the game on an Alexis Martinez Nino low missile that got past a diving Pimental.
The Vikings continued to pepper the Forrest net and Community came clear of the Rockets when Zachary Lohn knocked in a rebound at the 35:05 mark of the second half to put Unionville in front 2-1.
“I was still thinking there was a lot of time left in the game,” Carrier said. “It was a back and forth game and I thought we would get some more opportunities and more shots on goal and that’s exactly what ended up happening.”
Pimental made three saves after Community’s second goal, keeping the Rockets close and Chapel Hill looked like they would even the score at the 25:00 minute mark as a scramble in front of the Community goal sent a Forrest shot high left that was blocked on a great save by Anica.
Forrest’s Charlie Edmonson was issued a yellow card after a rough foul and the Rocket junior had to go to the bench for a while at the 20:07 mark of the second half.
Community did not score off the free kick on the Edmonson foul and had another chance moments later on an unsuccessful corner kick.
Colvin was off the mark on a free kick with 17:20 remaining in the game and the Vikings looked like they would have a great chance on a breakaway, but the play was flagged for off sides.
Forrest kept pressing and Carson Baker came up with a great chance for the Rockets with 13 minutes to go that was saved by Anica.
For the next 10 minutes, Community tried to score to put some daylight between their opponent and the Rockets tried furiously to get the equalizer.
With 3:28 remaining in the contest Forrest got its chance as Dalton lined up a free kick after a Community foul.
Dalton floated in a high spinner that was perfectly placed to beat Anica high in the net and the game was knotted at 2-2.
The Rockets were fired up by Colvin’s equalizer and continued as the aggressor until a Community breakout led to a shot that went just wide left with a minute and half remaining in the game.
Time was ticking down for both sides and it looked like a draw was in the cards until Community was whistled for another foul with 44.4 seconds left in the battle.
Colvin lined up the 20-yard free kick and once again hit a perfect strike that found its way past three Community defenders and Anica for the go-ahead goal.
“We were tied and I knew we had to get it, so I just put my team on my back,” Colvin said. “Somebody was gonna get it or it was going in the goal and that’s what happened, so it turned out well.”
“This is great, it gives us a good spirit going into the season, so it’s pretty exciting.”
Seconds later the final whistle sounded and the Rockets had the season-opening win.
“Dalton Colvin put them exactly where we wanted him to put them, like we did in practice,” Carrier said. “He has a big foot and he showed it today.”
The Rockets don’t take the pitch again until Tuesday when they host district rival Cascade before travelling to Culleoka on Thursday.
District 6-A consists of the Rockets, Vikings, Cascade, Cornersville, Fayetteville, and Huntland.
“It’s a huge boost, it’s exciting,” Carrier said. “This team has not enjoyed a lot of success, so when you enjoy some success your mentality starts to become we can do this, not oh we are going to lose again, so that’s good.”
Forrest 1 2-3
Community 0 2-2
Forrest: Dalton Colvin 2, Chris Davis.
Community: Alexis Martinez Nino, Zachary Lohn.
Forrest: Charlie Edmonson.
Community: Lane Stacy.