Forbush soccer KO’d from playoffs in PKs
Forbush boys soccer coach Seth Davis likened the end of Saturdayâ€™s state playoff match against Shelby to an NFL overtime contest.
Whoever wins the toss has an extreme advantage.
In this case, Shelby won the toss to see which team would fire first in the penalty-kick shootout after two 10-minute overtime periods and two five-minute sudden-death sessions failed to produce a winner
The Golden Lions made their first four PK shots and turned away the first and fourth attempts by Forbush to preserve the 2A state quarterfinal victory, 3-2.
Shelby now will take on Surry Central on Wednesday to determine the Western representative in this weekendâ€™s 2A state championships. Forbushâ€™s season, which included another conference title, came to an end at 23-2-1.
â€śIt was a bitter defeat,â€ť Davis said. â€śWe were behind the entire game score-wise but refused to quit. Every time Shelby thought they had it won, the boys just found a way to come back. It was a match worth the price of admission.â€ť
Shelby came into Saturdayâ€™s contest as the defending 2A state champion. The Lions played in the 2008 state final as well and have been 2A semifinalists four years running.
â€śBasically, Shelby was the team to beat in our mind,â€ť Davis said. â€śThe game was played like a championship.â€ť
Both teams took a defensive posture early, Davis said, trying not to be the ones to make the first mistake.
Shelby broke through first, with Jerry Zeller converting on a one-on-one attack against Forbush keeper Ender Castillo after collecting a free ball just outside the penalty box.
Forbush earned the equalizer before halftime. Patrik Babinec slipped behind the Shelby back line and placed a ball past Shelby keeper Seth Crow.
The score stayed 1-1 until halftime and through the entire 40-minute second half.
â€ś(Both teams) took the offensive, with each team exchanging blows,â€ť Davis said. â€śNeither team could take advantage of numerous set pieces, as the two defenses just wouldnâ€™t break.â€ť
In high school soccer, the first set of overtime periods are not sudden death. So all was not lost when Shelby scored in extra time to go up 2-1. Castillo had made what Davis described as a â€śbrilliant saveâ€ť of a shot by Shelbyâ€™s Ben Cheaney. But Cheaneyâ€™s teammate Mason McCarter collected the rebound and put it past the recovering Castillo for the lead.
The Falcons stayed alive thanks to Oscar Garcia, who scored against Crow in the second 10-minute OT period.
Forbush had chances to put the game away in the â€śgolden goalâ€ť sudden death periods. But two attacks by Kevin Boerman were denied. Shelbyâ€™s Zeller headed a ball just past the Forbush post.
â€śThe result is a shootout,â€ť Davis said, after things remained deadlocked after 110 minutes of soccer.
Each team gets five attempts. Shelby grooved its first four attempts into the net thanks to Cheaney, Preston Almond, Zeller and David Hill. Forbush was behind after missing the first try and then was eliminated after Crow stopped the fourth. Adrian Zamora and Babinec made their attempts for Forbush.
Shelby improved to 20-3-2. The Lions also ended Starmountâ€™s season in the round of 16, scoring four goals in the second half to pull away 5-1.
Though Forbush is still seeking its first state championship game appearance in menâ€™s soccer — the Forbush girls have played in the past three — Davis has established the Falcons as a 2A power year-in and year-out. Forbush is currently ranked No. 5 in the state for 2A and has been as high as No. 2. The Falcons were No. 1 much of last year before getting upset by Wilkes Central in the playoffs.
Since 2004, Forbush has won 12 playoff games, never being eliminated in the first round during that stretch. The past three seasons, the Falcons have won at least two post-season games. This year, they won three. Shelby knocked Forbush out of the 2008 playoffs in the third round, 2-1.
Over the past three years, Forbush has lost just five times out of 72 total games, with two ties. The losses have been to 4A RJ Reynolds twice (Forbush beat Reynolds this season), Wilkes Central once (last year in the playoffs) and Shelby twice.
Counting the Forbush girls season in the spring, the Falconsâ€™ two varsity programs posted a combined record of 49-3-1 in 2010.
Forbush Boys Soccer Playoff Success
Forbush 3, Jimmy Draughn 1
Forbush 5, North Henderson 0
Forbush 6, Ashe County 0
Shelby 3, Forbush 2 (PKâ€™s)
Final Record: 23-2-1
Forbush 3, Polk 1
Forbush 4, Smoky Mountain 2
Wilkes Central 3, Forbush 1
Forbush 3, Smoky Mountain 1
Forbush 3, Owen 0
Shelby 2, Forbush 1
Final 2A State Ranking: 8th
Forbush 1, West Henderson 0
Newton-Conover 4, Forbush 1
Forbush 2, West Davidson 0
Forbush 2, Lincolnton 1
Mount Pleasant 3, Forbush 0
Forbush 2, North Stanly 0
Brevard 5, Forbush 3 (PKâ€™s)
Forbush 7, Pisgah 4
Newton-Conover 3, Forbush 1 (OT)