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Soccer: Goal before half sparks Forsyth Central girls past North Forsyth

By Weston Walker

For the Forsyth County News

The Forsyth Central girls soccer team kept its chances for a region title going with a 4-0 victory at North Forsyth on Wednesday. 

In the 12th minute, Alexis Sherman got the scoring started. Raiders goalkeeper Katherine Fisher saved a shot from the Bulldogs but wasn’t able to clear the ball out of play. Sherman jumped on it and fired a shot past Fisher into the bottom left of the goal.

“I like that we finished on the opportunities that we got,” Bulldogs head coach Angela Camp said.

North (5-9-1, 0-9 Region 5-7A) appeared to be getting a bit of momentum after giving up the game’s opening goal. Minutes later, Sydney Miller fired wide right for the Raiders’ first shot of the night. But North’s momentum didn’t last long.

Forty seconds before the end of the first half, Jenna Uldrich followed Sherman’s lead. Uldrich pounced on another failed clear. She too fired the loose ball into the net for a 2-0 going into halftime.

Central didn’t relinquish this momentum the rest of the night.

Despite a slow start to the second half, Central found themselves with a penalty kick. Central’s Hannah Hamilton struck with confidence and finished to put the Bulldogs ahead 3-0. 

Central (11-2-1, 7-1 Region 5-7A) scored again with 3:00 left in the game. The goal had no effect on the outcome of the game, but could prove important for region standings and state playoffs, should goal differential become the deciding factor.

Forsyth Central boys 3, North Forsyth 1

The Forsyth Central boys (9-6-1, 5-5 Region 5-7A) also dominated their match.

In the 15th minute, Uriel Romero launched a powerful cross into the box. Gavin Mitchell found the other end, tapping the ball in for the game’s first goal. Mitchell later connected on another cross in the first half for a second goal.

North (3-11-3, 1-10 Region 5-7A) did get a goal back with just over 7:00 remaining in the first half. Ernesto Platas took a shot from nearly 35 yards out. The ball hit the right post, bounced off Central keeper Juan Gonzalez and into the net for an own goal.

“This is a great group of guys that work really hard,” Central boys head coach Will Gifford said, “(but) we just have to get organized quicker defensively, and to get marked up tight.”

Romero bagged a goal of his own in the 18th minute of the second half to finish the scoring.