Falcons get by Warhorses

By Jim Fuller jfuller@civitasmedia.com

May 22, 2014

EAST BEND — Tiffany Kennedy scored with 11:13 to play in the first half and Forbush held Charles D. Owen without a shot on goal over the game’s final 63 minutes as the Falcons advanced to the second round of the 2A West playoffs with a 1-0 win over the Warhorses.

Kennedy’s goal came in quick transition with a setup from Shannon Holden. Holden, cruising down the wing, crossed the ball and Kennedy one-timed it past Owen keeper Maranda Mazur and inside the far post.

Shots were 14-1 in favor of Forbush. Corner kicks were 4-0 in favor of the Falcons.

After spending much of the first half finding their groove, the Falcons had as many shots and as many shots on goal in the first 11 minutes of the second half as they did in the entire first half.

“This team plays pretty direct,” Forbush Coach Kenan James said of Owen. “It was kind of important for us to keep pressure on the ball.”

Still, the Warhorses were just one transition ball from tying it. “They do a good job of it,” James said of the way Owen played the long ball. “Some times you have to stay true to your own game. We needed to be committed to our style of play.

“They (Owen) had to hit that perfect ball over the top.”

With the Falcons dominating, but up only 1-0 at the half, James said he talked to his team “about being sharp; about being focused; about changing the point of attack.

“I think our possession wore them down. They looked a little fatigued in the second half.”

The only Warhorse shot on goal came on a 40-yard direct kick in the 17th minute of the first half.

“I think that’s something really,” James said. “They’re 18-5 and we gave up one shot.”

Forbush travels to Franklin Saturday. The Panthers, 15-3 defeated Chase, 10-1 Wednesday to advance. They have won nine in a row, outscoring their opponents by a score of 35-2, since a 2-0 loss at Tuscola April 7.

The Panthers did lose to Owen on the road during the season - 1-0.

Game time is 6.

Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.