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Forest Lake finds redemption in penalty shootout

Soccer
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Senior Christa Weisman made a bold prediction last spring. On Saturday she did the playmaking necessary to help fulfill her prophecy. The Forest Lake Christian senior scored the tying goal in regulation and converted a penalty kick in the shootout to help the Falcons beat LeGrand 2-1 and win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship at Lincoln High in Stockton. Senior Morghan Pomeroy made three penalty kick saves, including the sixth and deciding one as the Falcons won their second title in three years. Forest Lake lost to Bradshaw Christian in last year’s final. “Last year Weisman said, ‘Don’t worry, we’re going to do it as seniors,’” first-year Forest Lake coach Trenton Mol said. “And they did. We lost Katelyn Seitz in our first playoff game and it was tough filling that void. But (Weisman) kept everything together. Weisman and (Kacie) McGeary stepped it up to another level.” Sophomore Lia Hagerty converted the title-clinching penalty kick. McGeary, Weisman and Emily English made their shots in the shootout. Pomeroy played in the field for much of the season, but she was in the goal for the entire championship game. English assisted on Weisman’s goal, which tied the game at 1-1 in the first half. Forest Lake out-shot LeGrand 22-10 and Pomeroy came up with 10 saves. Mol praised the play of freshman Makena Wong, who led the defensive effort along with English. Five Forest Lake seniors – Weisman, McGeary, Kaylee Lommori, Pomeroy and Seitz — finished with at least 10 goals and 10 assists for the season. The Falcons finished 17-7-2.