Forrest second half surge does Cascade in

Friday, August 19, 2005

After starting out the week and the 2005 soccer season on a positive note with a pair of road victories, Cascade fell 4-2 to area rival Forrest on Thursday afternoon in Wartrace.

Cascade's Ann Mullen tries to avoid the slide tackle of Forrest's Brianda Elmore. (T-G Photo by Danny Parker)

Ann Mullen's goal helped the Lady Champions enter halftime tied at 1-all with the Lady Rockets.

A frenzy of Forrest shots found the back of the nets as they jumped out to a 4-1 upper hand early into the second half before Cascade's Tricia Mangrum scored on a penalty kick late in the contest.

"Monday and Tuesday we were able to keep possession of the ball, keep it on our side of the field and we did that with good passing and by staying forward. But, that didn't work today because we stopped running too much," Cascade coach Patricia Petty said. "People were just dying from the heat and they were giving out. I had to constantly sub. They just couldn't keep going."

Goal scorers for Forrest (1-1) were Tabitha Morse, Jessica Brinkley, Jessica Grimwood and Olivia Collins. Lauren Sweeney, Heather Collins and Amanda Evans all had assists. Kensie McKee was in goal for the shutout.

The Lady Rockets utilized a deeper bench to their advantage as they brought 31 players from Chapel Hill compared to 19 for Cascade.

Brooke Littrell (right) plays some tough defense. (T-G Photo by Danny Parker)

"Everybody played their hardest, but their hardest wasn't enough given the heat," Petty said. "I had girls having asthma attacks right and left and falling out on the ground. What beat us was the heat and 31-19, which was lack of depth."

Sara Wright started at goalkeeper for the Lady Champs before being spelled by Claire Barnett.

"We only have three seniors and five juniors. The rest are sophomores and freshmen. So, it's a young team. We're working towards more experience. We've had a couple successes this week. We'll be able to come back and build on them."

Petty made note of the dependability of defenders Jayne Tully, Melissa Dowling and Shelby Nelson, who were able to stay in the game from beginning to end.

"They deserve some gratitude and credit."

With the loss, the Lady Champs fall to 2-1 in District 11A-AA action. Up next is a road match with Huntland on Tuesday at 5.

Cascade 3, Middle Tennessee Christian 0: In Murfreesboro, senior Stacy Cagle netted two goals on Monday, including a header from a corner kick from Mangrum. Leslie Jett scored on a penalty kick.

"We had some outstanding defensive play from freshman Angel McBryant who took a number of strong headers and bounced them back into play immediately," Petty said.

Cascade 2, Boyd Christian 0: In McMinnville, the Lady Champions were the beneficiary of a storm-shortened match as they put in two goals in the first half before play was stopped.

Brooke Littrell tallied two goals, each on an assist from Ann Mullen.