Forest Park drops heart breaker to Lady Bears


EVANSVILLE — After being washed out due to rain on Tuesday, the Forest Park girls soccer team opened their season on Saturday against host Evansville Central.

A goal in the waning seconds of the second half lifted Central past the Lady Rangers, 4-3.

Forest Park was also down a player as Rachel Thomas missed the game due to an injury.

She is expected to return to the lineup for the Rangers by the end of this week.

“She would have solidified our defensive game plan against their direct approach,” Lady Rangers coach Brad Weyer said of Thomas. “But today provided us with many lessons and we hope to correct our mistakes on the training ground. I am still optimistic about the future of this team.”

One of those mistakes came shortly after the match commenced.

Central found the back of the net within the first couple of minutes of the match for a quick 1-0 lead.

Central added a second goal on a penalty kick.

Forest Park trimmed the lead in half before the end of the first half when Denai Sicard scored on a left-footed finish in the bottom corner.

“We showed great resolve after getting behind,” Weyer said of his team. “Denai scored on a great through ball from Kenlee Gelhausen.”

Central regained control of the match with another early goal in the second half.

“We had a poor clearance in our box,” Weyer said of the early second-half goal allowed.

But again, the Lady Rangers answered back.

A Sicard added her second goal of the game, before Gelhausen used her left foot for an equalizer from the top of the 18’.

Central scored the game-winner in the final seconds off of a free kick.

Weyer mentioned the field did not have a scoreboard, so his team was unaware of how much time was remaining in the match.

Forest Park travels to Providence on Tuesday.

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