MOUNT AIRY — Forbush soccer went up to North Surry Monday night knowing it would be tight, but probably not nearly as tight as it actually was.
Knotted at one with 18 minutes remaining, Forbush junior Francisco Pascual got a great crossing pass in the penalty area and tapped it past the keeper to the left to break the tie. Forbush’s Saul Zamora scored late as they hung on for a 3-1 win.
“I was at the right place at the right moment,” Pascual said. “We were attacking and I got a good pass from our wing [Joshua Sisk] fighting for the ball.”
Forbush (15-1-2, 4-0 WPAC) proved just that with a goal in the opening minutes of the first half. Forbush connected the ball well and were rewarded as they got to the end line and played it back across to junior Micah Cranfill who put it in the back of the net.
However, just as Forbush was able to put one up early in the first half, North Surry (3-10-1, 0-2-1 WPAC) got the equalizer early in the second. Junior captain Alexis Cortez struck one in to tie it. After that, Cranfill sensed the urgency as the two teams traded opportunities back and forth.
“When [North Surry] scored that goal… it sparked a fire that we were not going to lose,” Cranfill said. “We were going to be at the top of our conference.”
The win does keep Forbush on top of the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference, but despite that, Head Coach Seth Davis didn’t mince words when it came to the performance.
“It didn’t go as planned,” Davis said. “North Surry played a great game.”
However, despite the mediocre effort, the team won anyway. It says a lot about the team’s strength considering how they were able to pull out a win.
“I think if we play to our ability, that I know we can do, then we can really compete against some big teams and big schools,” Cranfill said.”
Last Friday, Forbush defeated West Stokes 3-0, but their toughest test of the week came last Wednesday in a thrilling 2-1 win over Surry Central. Junior Saul Zamora scored the game winning goal after getting a great high lob from the midfield.
“I saw the opening between the left back and left centerback and I went for it with the run,” Zamora said. “Coach said it took desire to get in the box and put the team up by one.”
It took desire in net to keep Surry Central at bay, and that’s exactly the type of performance sophomore Enrique Rosales put up. Surry Central had every opportunity possible late to tie that game up, but despite his youth, Rosales came up big with a save in the box. Davis said it’s a sign of his maturity from last year, as he’s gained experience.
“He doesn’t make that save last year,” Davis said. “This year he’s gritty, and it’s his job, and he knows it’s his job. He saved us probably twice [Oct. 7] with some good holds, and he’s a difference maker. To have him as a sophomore is really exciting.”
Forbush traveled to South Stokes Wednesday night, and will play at home against East Surry Thursday night at 6. At press time, Wednesday’s game had not been completed.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.