EAST BEND — In a pivotal game of soccer that saw the No. 3 and No. 5 ranked teams in the western 2A play each other in a conference showdown, the Forbush Falcons put on a clinic. The Lady Falcons have had their share of tough games this season, but last week the Falcons beat their Western Piedmont Athletic Conference rival, West Stokes, by a score of 2-1.
“I think we executed the game plan that we wanted to execute,” said Forbush head coach Kenan James. “We still have things we need to improve on — we’re making silly mistakes late in the season.”
Earlier this season, West Stokes beat the Falcons 3-2 in overtime. This time around, the Falcons got their revenge to hand the Wildcats their first conference loss of the season.
Forbush started things off in typical Falcon fashion with great buildups out of the back and passing that had West Stokes on its defensive heels. In the 10th minute of play, the Falcons took their first shot on goal as the ball was switched from one side to the other before a powerful shot was taken by Emily Marcincavage.
Marcincavage’s shot was saved by the West Stokes keeper, which gave the Wildcats an offensive break down the middle. The Wildcats teamed up against the Falcons defense before the first goal of the night was scored. West Stokes beat Forbush’s sweeper then took a shot to the lower right corner to beat Forbush’s keeper and take a 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats’ lead didn’t last long as Marcincavage was able to find the back of the net four minutes later to tie the game, 1-1. Marcincavage found her shot from 12 yards out after several quick passes by Michaela Stone and Macey York.
The Falcons were able to keep up their pressure in the second half as Marcincavage once again came through for the Falcons. Marcincavage beat two defenders before facing off one-versus-one against West Stokes’ sweeper. With two cross-overs and a pivot, Marcincavage was able to beat the sweeper and put the game in Forbush’s favor.
With the 2-1 lead and time winding down, Forbush didn’t let up its pressure on offense or defense. Marley Martin was able to get a shot off, while several different Forbush players also were able to make key passes.
As the final whistle blew, the Falcons were able to take a 2-1 win and put their name back in the running for the WPAC championship.
“We did what we needed to do to get the win, and took advantage of our many opportunities,” said James.
The Falcons move to 15-5-1 overall and 5-1 in the WPAC.