MOCKSVILLE — Osmar Gomez scored twice as Forbush rolled to a 5-1 non-conference win over Davie County at War Eagles Stadium Aug. 20.
What may have made the win more impressive than the score was the Falcons spent much of the match — especially the first half — figuring themselves out. “It’s our first game of the season,” Forbush Coach Seth Davis said. “I thought we were still a little shaky trying to learn each other. And that showed.”
Despite the score, the War Eagles possessed the ball well, winding up with 12 shots — five on goal. “Davie’s a quality team,” Davis said. “You have to let them have the ball some. It’s OK as long as we keep out shape.
“They did create a lot of chances. We rotated eight or nine guys through the back line trying to see what they could do.”
The Falcons went up 1-0 8:39 into the match when Gomez took a deflected pass from Ryan Miller and drilled it from a bad angle past Davie goalkeeper Foster Johnson. Johnson got a piece of it with his right leg, but not enough to keep it out of his net.
After Martin Lillhager’s work on the wing, Miguel Hernandez right-footed a shot across his body and inside the left post to make it 2-0 with 14:51 to play in the half.
In the 27th minute, Forbush keeper Ian Grooms made tremendous save — tipping a shot by Spencer Vizaino over the crossbar. Unfortunately, on the ensuing corner kick Jorge Hernandez put the War Eagles on the board.
The Falcons played their best soccer of the match in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Gomez scored on a deflection in front of Johnson 7:43 into the second half. Less than 90 seconds later, Oscar Varona drilled one inside the right post on a one-timer.
Grooms made another play to take away a dangerous cross about a minute later to keep the Falcons up 4-1. With an assist from Edgar de la Sancha, Lillhager finished the scoring with a blast inside the right post with 3:09 to play.
“I couldn’t be any more excited,” Davis said. “To play a quality opponent and come off their field with a 5-1 win and no injuries.”
Forbush had 17 shots — seven on net.
The Davie win was the first of three wins to start the Falcon season. The Falcons defeated West Wilkes, 4-1, last Thursday; and then defeated Elkin, 6-0, Monday.
Despite the score, Davis said Elkin impressed him. “Elkin played a really solid game,” Davis said. “Even though we put four or five goals up in the first half. They played the entire 80 minutes.”
Varona had two goals to lead the Falcons offensively.
Davis said he appreciated the effort of Schuyler Eldridge, who played left back, center midfield, center forward, and wing during Monday’s game. “He was outstanding,” Davis said. “At all four positions I put him at.”
Forbush hosted Central Davidson Wednesday night. The Falcons host Starmount Sept. 4. The junior varsity game starts at 5:15 with the varsity game to follow.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-258-4052 or Twitter @elkinareasports.