Falcons Advance with Win over Polk
The Lady Falcons got another clean sheet from keeper Jessica Funk, and managed to find enough offense to get past the Wolverines of Polk County. Three matches for the Falcons and zero goals allowed in the playoffs as the team pushes forward into the fourth round.
Polk County made the trip down to face the Falcons after upsetting the Wildcats of West Stokes in the second round of the 2A playoffs. Those two teams played 110 minutes of soccer before the match was decided in penalty kicks.
On Wednesday evening, the Falcons got off to another good start with the team moving the ball quickly into the offensive third of the field. Polk struggled to get organized as Nancy Rios, Shannon Holden and Anna Kathryn Kilby continued to put pressure on the Wolverine defense. Madison York came close to putting the Falcons on the scoreboard early as she received a pass from Rios just inside the box, but her shot was saved nicely by the Polk keeper, Overhart.
Around the 15th minute mark Polk managed to get some footing in the match. The midfield and forward lines for Polk began to connect passes and get in behind the Falcons. However, no result came for Polk as a few extra touches allowed Macy Johnson and Paige Keaton to recover in time to thwart the opportunity.
Chances remained even for awhile, but Forbush held the advantage in possession and corners. Polk's best chance to score came around the 30th minute as a chip shot got over the head of Funk in goal, but glanced off the top of the crossbar. Only five minutes later, the Falcons had a similar chance. Madison York redirected a cross toward the goal that bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and directly to the feet of Shannon Holden. Holden alertly pushed the ball into the goal to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead with five minutes to play in the first half. That goal gave the Falcons a lift.
The second half was much of the same. The Falcons controlled the ball and the Wolverines tried to counter through Samantha Firby up top. The Falcons continued to press up the flanks, but couldn't get that second goal until the 55th minute when Madison York decided to take it upon herself. She picked up the ball around the top of the 18-yard box and drove to the end line. The defenders cut her off, but she was able to spin back to her left foot and calmly curl the ball into the back post. A great goal that put the match almost out of reach for Polk.
Polk County had a couple of long throw attempts that could have tightened the game up, but the Falcons defended those well to keep the Wolverines at bay. The match ended 2-0 in favor of the Falcons. Congratulations to the Falcons on the win and to the Wolverines for a good season and playoff run.
Up next for the Falcons is the Rebels of Parkwood. The default day/time for this match is Saturday at 7pm, but that is not confirmed at this time.
The Falcons and Rebels have a unique history. The Falcons are 0-1 all-time against the Rebels with the only match coming in the early 2000s. Nelson Garner is the new head coach of the Rebels after taking over midway through the season. Coach Garner used to be the head coach at Cuthbertson during the heated playoff battles between the Falcons and Cavaliers. Coach James holds a 2-1 advantage over Coach Garner in their three meetings. Parkwood comes in as the #15 seed after knocking off Newton-Conover (#18), West Davidson (#2) and Salisbury (#7). Come out and support the Lady Falcons as they attempt to spoil the dance for another Cinderella.
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