Forbush traveled 3 1/2 hours to play its first round state playoff soccer match against Polk County on Wednesday night.
The trip was well worth it, with the Falcons returning home 3-1 victors. Forbush will travel next to Smoky Mountain for a second-round game this Saturday.
Forbush, ranked No. 1 in the state, and Polk both exchanged shots in the early going, but neither team but get one past the other's keeper. That all changed as a long punt by Ender Castillo sailed over the head of Polk's defender. Mario Detomas of Forbush took off, maneuvered around the rushing keeper and placed the ball into the back of the net.
Fifteen minutes into the match, and Forbush lead 1-0. Five minutes later, Forbush was on the attack again. Gerardo Gomez switched a 40 yard ball into the corner for Javier Guadarrama.
Instead of dribbling, Javier waited for Josh Miller to come streaking into the box where he slipped the ball to him. Josh took one touch and crossed the ball to the back post where Adrian Zamora was waiting.
Adrian finished off the goal with an overhead kick into the roof.
"It was one of our best goals of the season because we started 60 yards from goal and did not make one dribble; just three passes and a shot," coach Seth Davis said.
Polk County, ranked 12th in the state, did not quit. All-state (2008) forward Cole Weicker picked up a loose ball around the top of the 18-yard box and finished off the shot into the top left corner to cut the lead to just one goal (2-1 FHS).
Just before the half, Polk had a chance to even the score a 2 goals apiece as a Polk defender was fouled near the edge of the box. After a brief discussion the officials determined that the foul was committed outside of the box. The free kick was taken and cleared by the Falcons so the score remained 2-1 at half.
Forbush took control of the match in the second half; only allowing one shot by the Wolverines. Mario Detomas put the game away with a goal in the 68th minute.
The goal started from Gerardo Gomez as he played the ball through to Javier Guadarrama. Javier's shot was deflected by Hugo Santos (keeper), but Mario was their to mop up and give Forbush a 3-1 lead. The Forbush defense held strong the last 10 minutes to preserve the win.
Forbush outshot Polk County 24 - 6. Ender Castillo had 4 saves for the Falcons and Hugo Santos had 16 for the Wolverines.
"You have to give credit to Polk County," Davis said. "We knew this was going to be a tough first round match, but we were not expecting their two forwards (#7 and #3) to work so well together. It was definitely worth the price for admission."