Forest soccer knocks off ranked Buchholz
Published: Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:34 p.m.
When Forest boys soccer coach Knox Strawbridge added Gainesville Buchholz to this year's schedule, he knew the Bobcats would be his team's toughest game this season.
The coach said the contest would be a benchmark game to see where his club stood.
After Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over nationally ranked Buchholz at the Jonesville Soccer Complex, it is safe to say the undefeated Wildcats are in good shape.
Forest's Jimmy Wear took a feed from his younger brother, Jesse Wear, and found the back of the net from about 12 yards out to provide the final margin with just two minutes left.
Despite being outshot 7-2, Forest (15-0-2) handed Buchholz (8-1-3), ranked seventh in the country and No. 2 in the state by MaxPreps, its first loss of the season.
“It gives us a lot of confidence, and without a doubt this was our toughest game,” said Strawbridge, whose club finished District 4-4A play with an undefeated mark. “I have no complaints, these guys put in a phenomenal effort. They stuck in there.
“Buchholz had a lot of possession in the second half and just the way the structure and the style that we play, that is fine, because we didn't give them a lot of wide-open chances.”
The Wildcats did not put a shot on goal against Bobcats goalkeeper Hunter Patrick in the first half. On the other side, Forest backup keeper Morgan Werner, in his first year of playing soccer, stopped all seven shots he faced to earn the shutout. Wildcats starting keeper Lex Craggs, an FIU commit, is out with a pulled quad muscle, according to Strawbridge.
The match appeared to be headed to a scoreless tie until the 78th minute when senior Jimmy Wear put the ball in the lower left corner of the net, past a diving Patrick.
Buchholz also had nine corner kick opportunities compared to just two for the Wildcats.
“You could tell that is the way they were playing, is just to stay very organized defensively, and when they get the opportunity to break on us, that is what they did,” said Buchholz second-year coach Andy Aulick. “They just countered us quickly.
“I think it comes back to, up top, had we finished the numerous chances we had, it would have been a different game. We just weren't efficient.”
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