West Forsyth kept its playoff hopes alive Tuesday night with a 17-13 win over rival South Forsyth at home. Justin Kabo led the way, scoring four goals and assisting two others as the Wolverines were fortunate enough to successfully endure two fierce War Eagle rallies in the second and fourth quarter.
West (9-6) took a 7-0 lead before South (6-9) finally found the back of the net on a Kyle Fredericksen goal assisted by Andrew Lempner. South stormed back in the second quarter, going on a 6-1 run to make the halftime score 9-6, then chipped away at a 14-7 deficit in the third with a 5-3 advantage in the final period.
Despite the ups and downs, West head coach John Laden was more than happy with the win. Now West has to hope for an Alpharetta win over Chattahoochee and a win over Alpharetta themselves on Saturday to make up enough ground and earn a playoff spot out of Area 4.
“It's a rivalry game that we needed to win to keep our playoff chances alive,” Laden said. “Credit to South, they have great coaches and players that never quit and they never went away. It's a good win for us. Any time we beat South it's good.”
Overall, West had nine players score, with eight goals assisted. Preston Loughran had three straight goals to open the scoring in the third quarter, extending West's lead to 12-6 at a crucial point in the contest.
Devin Jones also had a hat trick for West, while midfielder Reed Bagwell assisted three goals.
“I'm not really sure about the statistics, but we spread it around really well today,” Laden said. “We really emphasize team and togetherness, so that's something we hang our hat on.”
South's Fredericksen scored four goals and had an assist, while Conner Travis had four goals and Lempner balanced two goals with two assists.
Ike Forrester kept the game close for the War Eagles thanks to 12 stops in the net, while West had a 10-3 advantage on faceoffs.
“Ike is awesome,” South head coach John Garrish said. “We put him in bad spots and he makes big saves he shouldn't make that keep us in games. But overall, we're playing really young. We had freshman on defense, attack and midfield today. We're going to get there, we've just got to figure out how to not dig those holes, because most of the game was pretty good.”
South's other goal scorers were Reed Farnen (two), Kevin Kemner and Drew Thomson.
West had two goals from Josh Bell and Joshua Stone and individual goals from Brooks Barber, Clay Snidow, Michael Rogers and Caleb Schmidt.