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Forsyth Central soccer falls to North Atlanta in critical region showdown
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth Central’s soccer teams dropped both of their home games on Friday night. The girls lost their biggest region game of the year to North Atlanta, 4-1, and the boys let up four second half goals in their 4-2 loss.

Coming into the game, both the Central girls (9-2-0) and North Atlanta (6-2-1) were ranked in the top 10 in Class AAAAA and sat atop the region standings.

The Lady Bulldogs were never able to find their openings. From the start of the game, North Atlanta was able to dictate control. After a good look on North Atlanta’s goal early in the first half, the Warriors flipped the field and scored at the 23:25 mark. Claire Shae booted the ball ahead of the Central defense, and had an easy kick to hit the back of the net.

Only 10 minutes later, Shae had an almost duplicate play. She kicked it over the Central defense and was one-on-one with Central goalie Alli Strunk. Shae hit the top right corner to put North Atlanta up 2-0. 

The final goal of the first half came from a beautiful corner-kick from Emma Kurtz, leading to a header from Bonnie Shea.

“They are a very good team and they got a couple of through-balls in on us in the back,” said Forsyth Central head coach Angela Camp. “They executed on their opportunities.”

After North Atlanta’s fourth goal of the game, Central’s defense started to get stops. A big defensive stop led to a fast break for the Bulldogs, which they capitalized on, and Amy Goodrow ended their scoring drought with 17:49 left in the game.

“We are a good team,” said Camp. “We just didn’t execute in the beginning.”

The Central boys (7-3-0) got off to a quick start. They controlled the ball for most of the first half, keeping it away from North Atlanta’s (4-1-0) dangerous forwards. The first goal of the game came from Central, as Gavin Mitchell sunk the lone first-half goal with 16:16 left.

The second half exposed the lack of depth that currently plagues the Bulldogs due to injuries. North Atlanta’s forwards broke through when Yusef Glass scored his first of two unanswered goals at the 37:49 mark.

Central responded with a goal of its own, again by Mitchell, with 20:35 left to make it 2-2. Just 31 seconds later, Christian Nandi scored the go-ahead goal for North Atlanta. The goal made it 3-2, and North Atlanta’s final goal came with 8:49 left by Radith Bernal.