Despite being undefeated, midfielder Cooper Coughlin thought Lambert’s boys lacked something on their resume — a statement win.
The No. 2-ranked Longhorns added that to the list with a 6-0 victory over North Forsyth on Tuesday at Raider Valley. Lambert had not beaten a team by more than two goals and had not scored more than four in a game this season.
"We really wanted to make a statement because we haven’t had one of those games this year," Coughlin said. "So, we just wanted to come out and see if we could because this is a county team, so we just wanted to represent Forsyth [County well] and do the best we can."
It took a while for the Longhorns to get in their groove offensively as Trexler Bennett fired a shot from just outside the box in the 39th minute to give Lambert a 1-0 lead at the half.
One minute and four seconds into the second half, Lambert added another point after a North defender accidently scored an own goal. Coughlin tacked on a goal nearly five minutes later with a low shot past keeper Alex Hanson on an assist from Bobby Hopper to make the score 3-0 with 34:07 left in the game.
Coughlin then added two assists with crosses into the box for Logan Willis and Hopper before Mitch Fandos tacked on the final goal with the assist from Sean Langley with only a few minutes left.
The Longhorns (10-0, 9-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) have shut out seven of their last eight opponents and outscored teams 21-2 during that run.
"We put the ball on the ground, for one, because it spent a lot of time in the air and that’s just not our game," Lambert head coach Chris Wilson said of the team’s second half improvements against North. "The ball was on the ground the majority of the second half and we weren’t offsides and we picked up our defensive pressure a little bit more than we did in the first half. Those were the three things [that changed in the second half].
"[From] our midfield to our defense, [we] just wanted constant pressure. The idea is to not let them serve or play balls and we did a good job with that. … I’m just really proud of the team effort that our guys gave."
The Raiders (1-9-1, 1-8) had a difficult time controlling the ball on offense and managed just two shots on goal. Josiah Selvig tried a shot on goal from 25 yards out with 2:28 left in the first half, but it was stopped by Lambert keeper Miles Maynard.
North head coach Jeff Jager said injuries and a lack of depth were big factors in the game.
"We had our starting center midfielder go down and we’re really low on players right now," Jager said.
"We had two other starters out as well so we’re pretty thin. So once we got into our substitute position and once we got a little tired, we got weak. They really started pressing us in the second half and spreading the ball around, which is kind of our downfall if we’re not strong.
" ... Hopefully, we can pick it up the last three weeks of the season and get a couple of more wins for the program."
North will host West Forsyth on Friday at 7 p.m., while Lambert will play at home against South Forsyth on Friday at 7:55 p.m.