RALEIGH — Forbush went to overtime before falling to Carrboro 1-0 in the state soccer championship this weekend.
Same team. Same story. Different score.
Eight years ago the Lady Falcons soccer team made it to the state championship for the first time. From there, they made it in 2009, 2010, and 2015. Although the Falcons have made it to the final game for five years, they haven’t been able to bring home a Championship ring to East Bend.
This year, the Falcons were looking to change fate as they once again made it back to Raleigh for the 2A title match. Unfortunately for the Falcons, it wasn’t meant to be as they fell to Carrboro for the second year in a row.
“I feel like someone kicked my puppy,” Falcons coach Kenan James said after the game. “We worked so hard all season to get here and things just didn’t go our way.”
Forbush didn’t see a lot of action in front of the goal, as Carrboro out-shot the Falcons 11 to 3 in 100 minutes of play.
The closest the Falcons came to scoring was in the second half when Macey York found a breakaway but failed to advance as she ran into Carrboro’s defense.
The Falcons had a few chances in regulation, but once again they were stopped short of the goal by Carrboro.
Forbush goalkeeper Calyn Davis came up huge as she made several saves for the Falcons that included a diving save and a breakaway save. At one point, Davis leapt off the ground to make a tremendous block to keep the score 0-0.
After the buzzer, still tied 0-0, the two teams went to two 10-minute overtime periods.
The game had started in the morning on Saturday, but by the extra periods, with the temperature beginning to rise, both teams were feeling the heat.
In the first overtime, Carrboro had two corner kicks that the Falcons handled with ease; it wasn’t until the third corner kick that the Falcons had trouble.
With 3:21 left to go in the first overtime, the Jaguars got the benefit of a questionable call. The sideline referee called for a throw-in, but the center referee overturned him and instead gave Carrboro a corner kick.
Carrboro’s Elizabeth Cato took the corner and sent the ball toward the 18-yard box. Natasha Turner made first contact, heading the ball straight up and letting it fall down to Alexa Wojnovich, who was able to get her foot on the ball to find the back of the net to give Carrboro a 1-0 lead.
“We missed several quality scoring chances which was the difference in the game,” said James. “On the corner they scored on, we won the initial ball but we didn’t win the second ball.”
The Falcons went into the second overtime period with a renewed passion. They had several breakaways, and even more chances, but Carrboro’s back line (who only allowed five goals all season) was unbreakable. Marley Martin, Nancy Rios, and Emily Marcincavage all had chances but things just didn’t go their way.
At one point it looked as though the Falcons could get the goal they needed as Rios found a hole in Carrboro’s defense to find the feet of Macey York. As York beat another defender and was about to take her shot, Carrboro’s Gabby Adams made a clean tackle to kick the ball away and save the Jaguars lead. Carrboro went on to control possession for the final two minutes of the game, and as the final whistle blew the Falcons had a familiar taste in their mouths as they fell 1-0.
“All losses are tough in the state championship, we wanted to win for each other and not just because we were playing a certain team,” said James. “This group of girls wanted it – we all did, but it just didn’t go our way.”
Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.