Rachel Shah knew what she had to do.
With No. 7-ranked South Forsyth trailing 1-0 in the 57th minute, the junior forward rattled off two goals in a five-minute span to give her team a 2-1 victory over West Forsyth on Friday at The Den.
"I wasn’t nervous because I knew we could come back from it," Shah said. "I have faith in my team and knew we could do it, but it was a little alarming. It’s so much harder to climb — it’s like a mountain to climb — once you’re trying to comeback from behind. So, it was so much harder, but I believed we could do it."
Shah’s game-tying goal was beautifully played. She outraced her defender by a step to the top of the box and barely chipped the ball over the sliding goalie into the back of the net before falling down.
Her second goal was just as pretty. Brie Haynes played a through ball to Shah who managed to kick the ball between the keeper’s legs before going around and firing a shot into the back of the net to give South (6-1, 4-1 Region 6-AAAAAA) a 2-1 advantage.
The Lady Wolverines (2-6, 2-4) had a chance to tie the game with a corner kick with 24 seconds left, but South knocked the ball away and held on for the win.
"We just had to keep our composure," South head coach Tom Braun said. "West was a very good squad. We told them to never quit and we didn’t quit. … It was a nice win and we hung on."
After a scoreless first half, West’s Landen Bowman raced to the far right side of the field near South’s box and crossed the ball to Megan Moore for a header past the keeper in the 26th minute for the game’s first point.
Bowman nearly scored a goal of her own with 10:45 left in the first half, but the shot hit the crossbar and was cleared by South’s defense.
"I think it was a close game that could’ve gone either way," West head coach Peter Valentino said. "I think the girls finally came together and played with a lot more chemistry than they have [previously]. …We’re pleased with the outcome. Obviously we would have liked to won, but it was South’s night."
The Lady War Eagles will host Chattahoochee on Tuesday at 5:55 p.m., while West will play at Alpharetta at the same time.