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Soccer: Lambert boys edge Milton in overtime for region title

POSTED: April 18, 2017 12:49 a.m.
Micah Green/Forsyth County News

Lambert’s Christian Girard (back) and Nick Alliston (19) contend for a header Monday in the Longhorns’ 3-2 win against Milton.

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Senior leadership led Lambert to a Region 5-7A championship after a 3-2 win over Milton on Monday night.

Seniors Eoin Griffiths and Zane Zeigler score all of Lambert’s goals in Monday night’s win.

Monday night’s game had an odd start. Back on March 24, Lambert hosted Milton but the game had to be postponed due to storms in the area. Milton was up 1-0 at the time. So the game resumed Monday with 17 minutes left in the first half and the Eagles ahead.

Zeigler tied it up at one all, and Lambert (12-3-1, 9-1) began to play more conservative. Milton took advantage. The Eagles got off seven shots in the first 20 minutes, including five on goal.

Milton’s pressure eventually produced a 2-1 advantage.

“We are a 40-minute team, and sadly in 40 minutes your team can have a rollercoaster tendency as they may have 20 good minutes and 20 bad,” Wilson said. “Sadly, we had that type of play.”

But Lambert’s good 20 minutes was enough.

After Milton took the lead, Lambert began to heavily press the Eagles for the final 17 minutes of regulation. The Longhorns produced seven shots, but none bigger than Griffiths’ penalty kick with only a minute left in regulation after a hand-ball in the box by a Milton defender.

Griffiths didn’t waste time – he froze the Eagles’ keeper, shooting with his left foot, his opposite foot, and tied the game at 2-2.

“That’s why he’s our captain,” Wilson said. “He has scored 22 times for us, but none were bigger than that one.”

In extra time, Lambert had all the momentum. The Longhorns pressured Milton until a minute remained in the last overtime when Ziegler struck.

After Lambert got a quick turnover, the Longhorns went on a fast break. Dean Bogarde was out-numbered, 1 to 3, but he made an extraordinary pass to a wide-open Zeigler who ripped it past the keeper to the back of the net.

That goal gave Lambert a 3-2 lead with just 6 minutes of game time left. The Longhorns held on and secured the region title, joining the girls program, who accomplished the same feat this past Friday.

“That’s why we are a program,” Wilson said. “Everything we do with the boys we do with the girls. We have dual meetings, we have dual boosters, we have dual coaching. So it only seems fit we have a dual championship.”

 

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