Tatum Richey wanted no part of overtime.
The senior forward chipped the ball off a defender in the box and regained control before pushing it past the keeper to score the game’s only goal with 3:51 left in regulation and give No. 3-ranked Lambert a 1-0 victory over North Forsyth on Tuesday at Raider Valley.
"I crossed [the ball] in and it just kind of got bobbled and I poked it in," Richey said. "I was just there to clean it up.
"We knew North Forsyth was a new team prior to the last time we played them and we knew we were going to have to come out hard, and we didn’t really do that. But, we started clicking together and finally got some good shots."
Lambert (9-1, 8-1 Region 6-AAAAAA) boasted nine shots on goal, but North keeper Olivia Dumphy commanded the defense and made things difficult in the box.
The Lady Raiders (4-7, 2-7) gave up seven goals to Lambert on Feb. 22, but since then they changed their formation from a 3-4-3 to a 4-4-2. The switch paid off as they won their previous two games before falling to Lambert.
Heather Lacy nearly broke the scoreless drought in the first half for the Lady Longhorns, but her shot from 15 yards out was just off target and past the left side of the goal. Lacy and Richey combined for six shots on goal.
"It was one of those games where possession doesn’t tell the story and shots on goal don’t tell the story," Lambert head coach Scott Luthart said. "They had a defensive game plan that I thought they ran extremely well. They really frustrated us offensively. They were just very organized.
"… It took an ugly, scrappy goal in the final four minutes to prove the difference. … We’re happy to get out with a win at this point. We weren’t really threatened a whole lot defensively, but at the same time I wasn’t sure as it progressed if we were going to crack through and get that vital goal we needed."
The Lady Raiders’ best scoring opportunity came in the 64th minute when Tiffany Raygor took a shot from the left side of the goal about 20 yards away, but keeper Sami Lucas was in position for the save.
Even with the loss, North head coach Dana Chapman was proud of her team and saw improvement.
"My team is a completely different team from the first time we saw Lambert," Chapman said. "I’m so proud of them. We have improved leaps and bounds. We had a solid game plan coming into today and we executed on every level. It’s unfortunate that we had just one mishit right at the end of the game that put us [behind], but I’m so proud of them."
North with play West Forsyth at Raider Valley on Friday at 5 p.m., while Lambert will host South Forsyth on Friday at 5:55 p.m.