After giving up the opening goal in just under two minutes, Lambert buckled down and scored 14 unanswered goals on its way to an 18-2 rout of North Forsyth on Thursday night.
“Right away we had a wakeup call and had to make some changes,” Lambert head coach Kate Sedgwick said. “We made the appropriate adjustments and I thought we did a good job across the board of keeping the intensity and the energy up throughout the game.”
The next 10 minutes became the Peyton Smith and Shelby Rumer show. The junior and sophomore, respectively, scored the first six goals for the Longhorns (1-0), who jumped out to a 6-1 lead with 13:46 remaining in the first half.
“We worked really well as a team,” Smith said. “Our defense really worked great as a unit and our attack was making those good connections.”
That attack gave the Longhorns an 11-1 halftime lead. Lambert had an excellent shooting percentage in the first half, scoring 11 goals on 18 shots. The Longhorns dominated possession and seemed to beat the Raiders (0-1) for nearly every groundball. And the second half saw more of the same.
“I think what we were able to do, and something that we’ve worked a lot on, is those inside passes and making connections inside the eight-meter and seeing where those openings are,” Sedgwick said. “And tonight we were able to capitalize on those inside passes.”
The Longhorns opened the second half with three goals in the first five minutes to take a 14-1 lead.
But North was able to get on the board when Corinne Thompson scored with 18:44 remaining. Thompson, along with Julianna Chesna in the game’s opening minutes, scored the only two goals for the Raiders. Chesna was one of the few bright spots for the Raiders. Despite the big deficit, she continued to work hard and hustle all over the field till the game’s final whistle.
“Lambert is a solid squad,” North head coach Robert Kienle said. “They’ve got a lot of talent. If you look at the experience on our team compared to their team, they probably have three times the experience that we have. Our team is loaded with sophomores and juniors, so we’re still growing. They gotta learn that things like ground balls win and lose games and it’s all heart, not just skill.”
Smith and Rumer combined for eight goals and three assists for the Longhorns, while sophomore Jenna Humphries and freshman Alli Earwood each scored three.
“Peyton [Smith] was definitely on fire on the draw,” Sedgwick said. “We dominated on draw controls. Shelby [Rumer] was really doing well placing her shots, so yeah, we just had a good night.”