EAST BEND — Madison York scored in the 28th minute as Forbush edged Surry Central, 2-1, in a soccer game played April 16.
“It was a good game,” Forbush Coach Kenan James said. “We expected it. Our subs played well.
“There was no room for error.”
“It was a battle for sure,” Surry Central Coach Matt Robinson said.
York’s goal came from 22 yards out after Shannon Holden dropped a beautiful ball at her feet. York, working with time, then lofted a ball over Eagles keeper Nohemi Lara and just under the crossbar.
Robinson said his team’s main problem “was when the ball was put in a dangerous position, we were not able to clear it out.”
Tiffany Kennedy tied the game in the third minute for Forbush. Kennedy’s header came off a perfect setup by Maddi Morsch.
As the game wore on, the Falcons gained a little more control. “I think our back line played pretty well,” James said, adding he thought his team controlled midfield throughout. “In the first half, we didn’t create as many opportunities.
“We did a much better job of getting our outside backs forward.”
“They’re deep,” Robinson said. “They run subs in and out. It wore on us a little bit, but I was very proud of our effort.”
Forbush survived several scoring opportunities in the final five minutes to hold on to the win. “We lost our focus at the end a little bit,” James said.
Brooke Lewis put the Eagles up 1-0 in the 23rd minute of the first half. Jessica Funk stopped a first shot at almost point-blank range, but the ball bounced right back on to Lewis’ foot; her second shot went in.
Natalie York had a chance to tie for Forbush three minutes later, but her 28-yard shot sailed just wide left. Four minutes after that, Forbush had another chance to tie it when Victoria Cohn hit Kennedy in stride deep in the box. Only a diving save by Lara would keep it out.
Shots were 19-15 in favor of Forbush. Surry Central actually held an 11-8 advantage in shots on goal. Forbush had six corner kicks, while Surry Central had five.
“I’m proud of the girls,” James said. “They played hard the whole game.”
Forbush, now 11-3-1 after their 10-1 win over North Surry Monday night, moved to 10-3-1 with the win over Central. Central, now 9-2-2 after their tie with West Stokes Monday, was 9-2-1 after the loss to Forbush.
With the season well into the second half, James said he “just needs to reinforce some things” with his team. “We need to work on our set pieces,” he said. “And finishing’s always an issue.”
Forbush was away at South Stokes Wednesday and will be at West Stokes Monday. They’ll be back home again April 30 against Walkertown.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.