Lady Tigers battle back to tie Rogers in tune-up affair

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Celeste Lemus fights for a ball against Rogers. (Trevor Tegley /

GREEN FOREST -- Green Forest ran it's record to 0-1-1 with a 6-0 loss to Rogers on Friday and a 4-4 tie with Rogers Heritage on Saturday.

Celeste Lemus, Alexandria Fernandez, Rubi Perez and Stephanie Perez netted a goal each in the tie against Heritage.

Rogers and Rogers Heritage, both Class 7A schools, were represented by junior varsity teams while Green Forest played at the varsity level as the Lady Tigers prepare for the rest of the season.

"We started the first half pretty normal against Rogers," Green Forest coach Bradley James said. "The girls were kind of timid and didn't pressure the ball very hard. They played on one side of the field in the first half. The second half was a little better. We pressured the ball more and made them make some mistakes."

That momentum carried over into Saturday's match.

"We took that into the game on Saturday," James said. "We were more aggressive and able to get the ball on the other side. We had a few balls crossed in front of the goal and some shots went in for us. It was good to see them be more physical. I have been trying to get them used to being aggressive."

Lemus scored on a header following a corner kick, Rubi Perez found the back of the net on a free kick, Stephanie Perez used her left foot to score on a cross and Fernandez connected on a corner kick.

"It really was nice to see the girls accomplishing things we have been trying to teach them," James said. "The forwards were pressuring and the midfields were moving up to help. And Stephanie said she could hear my voice saying use the left foot. She is not left-footed. But she did what we coached her to do and it paid off."

The Lady Tigers fell behind 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 but rallied for an equalizer each time.

The Lady Tigers were scheduled to play again today at home against Siloam Springs. James said a decision would be made this morning on field conditions.

Green Forest will play twice next week, at Shiloh Christian and at Huntsville.

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