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Three-Peat for Falcons Soccer
A Season of Unknown
The Falcons walked off the field in the 4th round of the 2A State playoffs in 2014 wondering, "What if....?"
Nine starters and twelve seniors total would depart for college/career, leaving the Falcon soccer team in a state of unknown for the 2015 season. The defense would need to be replaced, along with the majority of the midfield. Lots of questions would need to be answered before the Falcons could compete.
As the 2015 season approached, the Falcons began to see improvements in players that were not expected to add to the varsity team this season. The Falcons lost defenders, Josh Clark and Weston Edwards to injury in the first two weeks of the season. This hurt the team in the short term, but allowed the younger players to gain valuable experience.
By the middle of the season, the Falcons had run off eight wins in a row to claim an 8-1-1 record. The defense was the shining star for the team as Weston Edwards and Josh Clark had returned to form. Enrique Rosales continued to flourish, and the youth were gaining experience.
As conference rolled around, Schuyler Eldridge and Joshua Sisk were providing unmatched speed on the wings. Pancho Pascual was adding a calm presence to the midfield, and Edgar de la Sancha had given the Falcons another scoring threat. Forbush swept all conference foes the first time through the conference.
Day in and day out, the Falcons got special performances from all members of its team. Ricardo Osorio added goals in conference play. Cody Farmer held down left back until an injury took him out late in the season. The Falcons finished the regular season at the top of the conference with a 7-1 record, and a 21-3-2 overall record.
The team cruised through the first round playoffs and lost a heart breaker to the Red Devils of Newton-Conover in the second round. For a team expected to finish in the middle of the conference, the Falcons provided an exciting season.
Ryan Miller, Edgar de la Sancha, Enrique Rosales, Pancho Pascual, Joshua Sisk, Weston Edwards, and Schuyler Eldridge earned All-Conference honors. Ryan and Weston were Offensive and Defensive POY, respectively. Schuyler Eldridge, Ryan Miller, Weston Edwards, and Edgar de la Sancha were All-Region. Ryan Miller was All-State.
The Falcons return a wealth of talent for next year's team, and look to make a lot of noise in the conference and playoffs.
Ryan Miller (senior) added his name to an elite group of Forbush soccer players by scoring 30+ goals in a single season. Ryan joins Falcon legends Javier Guadarrama, Kyle McKenzie and Nick Martin that all accomplished the feat in their time at Forbush High School.
Ryan carried the scoring load for the Falcons this season as one of the two returning starters from last year's quarterfinal team. For his efforts, Ryan was selected as the WPAC Offensive Player of the Year, as well as 1st team All-Region and 1st team All-State in the 2A classification. The All-State awards ceremony is to be held in Raleigh, in January.
At the beginning of the season, Ryan had set his sights on the career scoring record at Forbush which was held by Javier Guadarrama (78 goals). Ryan surpassed this mark in the latter parts of the season, and ended up with 82 goals for his career. Ryan fell short of Javier's single-season scoring record of 39 goals.
Ryan will graduate in 2016 knowing that he left his legacy here at Forbush. He has truly made his mark on the program, and helped to continue the tradition of Falcon soccer.
Coach on the Field
Teams that achieve great success always have that one thing in common. Some refer to players and teams as having the X factor. For Forbush this season, Micah Cranfill earned the Coaches Award for his ability to pick up the slack wherever the team needed it.
Micah is pictured here congratulating his teammate, Edgar de la Sancha for scoring a goal. This was a common occurrence for Micah. He always seemed to be the player that shook the hand of the goal scorer, or that urged his teammates to work harder.
The mentality that Micah shows doesn't always translate to him scoring goals or getting assists, but it sure does add value to the team. This picture, provided by Allen Davis of InAction Photography exemplifies the goal for next year's team. Play as ONE!
Seniors are always missed the next season, but the good thing about Forbush is that they are all still family. See you at the Alumni match '16.
Saul Zamora puts the final touches on the game against Surry Central to give Forbush three straight conference titles.