EAST BEND — The Forbush men’s soccer program is a strong one, and they’re showing it with big performances against Starmount and Elkin.
The Falcons (7-1-1) continued their seven-game win streak with back-to-back wins against Elkin and Starmount Tuesday and Wednesday night. In their game against Elkin on Tuesday, they destroyed the Buckin’ Elks’ defense, putting up nine goals in less than 70 minutes for a mercy rule 9-0 win. They followed it up the next night with an exciting 6-2 win over Starmount.
Juniors Joshua Sisk and Micah Cranfill each had two goals in Tuesday’s game. Whereas Elkin struggled to make first touches on the ball, Forbush excelled and made the most of their opportunities.
“They were really important. You had to keep them close,” Cranfill said. “Their on ball pressure was pretty tight, so you had to take your first touch away from them and get it off your foot quick.”
Forbush continued that momentum against Starmount (4-2) on Wednesday night. On a wet night, ball control continued to be important in the early going. As each team was trading opportunities, Forbush broke through in the 24th minute, as Edgar de la Sancha drove it past the diving keeper. It did not take long for Forbush to strike again, and again. In all, three goals were scored in as many minutes to put the Falcons up early.
“[Scoring three goals that quickly] really sealed the deal,” Forbush Head Coach Seth Davis said.
Starmount responded late in the first half with a goal, and appeared to gain some momentum. However, a foul in the box only 18 seconds into the second half, and an ensuing goal by Ryan Miller on a PK was a devastating blow for the Rams.
“I’m not happy with how we came out because they surprised us with the speed in the first 20 seconds. It surprised us,” Starmount Head Coach Edgar Zamora said.
After Starmount’s Jeyson Pineda scored in the second half, Forbush was quick to respond yet again with a goal by Ricardo Osorio. Osorio also scored a late goal in Tuesday’s game against Elkin. Forbush does not begin conference play until Sept. 28 against South Stokes. For Starmount, conference play is set to begin for the remainder of the regular season with a home game Monday against North Wilkes.
“We’re coming in strong,” Zamora said. “Despite the setback here, Forbush is an incredible team. I have a lot of respect for Coach Davis. I’m not going to say that [the loss] is demotivating or anything. We’re coming in strong because we’re playing our ballgame and that’s what we’ve got to stick to. I think it’s going to bring us results.”
Considering Forbush lost a large amount of seniors last year, to be on a roll midway through the season is a testament to those players who filled in.
“We’re better than expected,” Davis said. “Coming back from last year with what we lost, we had several guys jump into key spots and they’re a really good team right now… We’ve got a couple more weeks until conference play, and we’ll make some noise.”
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.