Champions blank Forrest in home opener

Friday, March 22, 2019
Forrest defender Alex Patmore (24) executes a pretty clearing shot to stop a Cascade first-half run.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

After a big come from behind road win at Community to start the season, the Forrest Rockets opened up on their home pitch Tuesday versus another District 6-A opponent in Cascade.

The Champions dominated the Rockets on both ends of the field, blanking Forrest 4-nil on the Lions Club Memorial Field in Chapel Hill.

“If I had to sum this game up, I would say we got beat by a better team today,” Forrest coach Roger Carrier said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Cascade won the coin toss and got the ball first and they kept it for much of the first half as Forrest did not even have a scoring chance for the first 30 minutes of the game.

The Champions had several chances and got on the scoreboard at the 35:02 mark when Garrett Rucker knocked in a rebound to make it 1-0.

Forrest goalie Chris Pimental gets ready to make a save on a shot on goal by Cascade’s Garrett Rucker (4).

Forrest goalkeeper Chris Pimental continued to get peppered, making three nice saves on a header, a low rocket, and a free kick to keep the Rockets in the game.

“They have one super-skilled player in the middle of the field number 10 (Aarom Soto), he’s an excellent player and everything goes through him,” Carrier said. “We were giving him the ball way too much, they were already giving him the ball and we were helping them out.”

With 15:45 remaining in the first half, Forrest finally got a good chance when Carson Baker broke free, but his shot sailed wide right.

Forrest sophomore Gavin Allen is in full concentration mode as makes a first half throw-in.

As time wound down, Cascade keep the pressure on and with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Aarom Soto made it 2-nil when he scored from long range.

Forrest had a run on goal early in the second half, but could not get enough numbers in the box and a shot rebounded back to the Cascade defenders for a clearing ball.

The Champions had two free kick opportunities shortly after the Forrest run and both attempts did not make it past the Rockets’ defensive wall as the score remained 2-0.

Jeff Gross came up with a solid shot on goal at the 21:45 mark of the second half, but Cascade keeper Michael Anderson made the save.

The play was fairly even over the next 18 minutes until the Champions made it a 3-0 contest on a Chay Chumley goal.

Cascade added the fourth goal with under a minute to play in the game when Matthew Maybee redirected a pretty pass from Eduardo Sanchez in to the back of the Forrest net.

Forrest freshman Hayden Milligan (9), along with Cascade’s Eduardo Sanchez (11) chase a loose ball headed towards the Cascade goal.

“We did better in the second half, we were pushing up trying to create offense and we gave up a couple of late goals,” Carrier said. “I thought the second half was actually a much closer half than the score indicated.”

“We got stuff to work on, there is really no other way to say, we are a work in progress and like I said, I think we got beat by a better team today.”

The Rockets (1-1) hosted Culleoka last night.

Cascade 2 2-4

Forrest 0 0-0


Cascade: Garrett Rucker, Aarom Soto, Chay Chumley, Matthew Maybee.