By Weston Walker
For the Forsyth County News
On Tuesday night, it was a hard-fought battle for the West Forsyth girls soccer team.
The Wolverines scored in the first three minutes of the game but was forced into extra time after a late goal from North Forsyth.
West persevered and came away with the 2-1 victory.
Just minutes into the game, center forward Isa Aguilar ran to find the ball following a goal kick from keeper Camryn Desilva. Aguilar came down under control, turned and hit an overlapping Karson Rosenberger in stride. After two touches, Rosenberger fired the shot past Raiders’ keeper and the Wolverines were on the scoreboard early.
“We told them at the beginning of the game that we have to start right at kickoff...we have to try and get a goal early,” West head coach Kimberly Spence.
Minutes later, Desilva jumped off of her line and met an attacking Raiders player at the edge of the 18-yard box. She came up with the huge save for West, and the score remained 1-0 going into the half.
The beginning of the second half saw a change at keeper, bringing AJ Needham in for Desilva. Needham had plenty of work to do, saving three shots within the first 15 minutes.
The Raiders (5-4-0, 0-4 Region 5-7A) finally broke through with a goal in the 86th minute. Canby Biddle raced down the field and hit a rocket into the top right corner of the goal, just over the outstretched arms of Desilva. What appeared to be a West victory was suddenly in doubt, but neither team could find another goal before the end of regular time.
West (3-6-1, 3-2) controlled the pace of play from the outset of overtime and had the only shot on goal for either team in the first half.
“Going in to overtime, you’re tired, you’re hurt, you’re worn out. Just to see them find that last energy push was great,” Spence said.
With just over three minutes left in the game, West possessed the ball in the Raider box. After two blocked shots, the ball rattled around, and West’s Amanda Ewers tapped it in for the eventual game-winning goal.
“It was just rattling everywhere, so when I got the opening, I just hit it in to the open space,” Ewers said.
West Forsyth boys 7, North Forsyth 0
From the outset, Carlos Reyes dominated.
Reyes scored a goal 58 seconds into the match and had another goal before the 6 minute mark hit. West (3-8-0, 2-3) went into the half up 2-0, and they didn’t look back.
The first minute of the second half seemed like déjà vu. On a cross from Jamie Mata, Martin Mejia passed to Reyes, and the score was 3-0 in the blink of an eye.
Seven minutes later, Mejia assisted Reyes for another goal. On a counter, Mejia lobbed a gorgeous pass over the back line of the defense, and Reyes hit the ball off the bounce, launching the shot into the back of the net.
On two separate possessions North (2-5-3, 0-4) tried to clear the ball out of their own box only for Reyes to pounce on the ball and score.
Reyes finished with five goals, an assist and several steals.
“We’ve finally got a great group of guys playing together; unselfish soccer,” Wolverines head coach Jason Bayush said. “We’re passing the ball and setting it up out of the back, and when you can play out of the back, you’ll be successful.”