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Soccer: Lambert boys pull away from South Forsyth for big win
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South Forsyth's Adrian Garcia, left, and Lambert's Grant Plaugher battle for possession of the ball Friday. - photo by Brian Paglia

Lambert got a huge region win on Friday at home over South Forsyth as the Longhorns scored two late goals to win, 3-0.

“We have been discussing how we need that quality win, and we got it against a very good South team” Lambert head coach Chris Wilson said.

Tempers flared early as South, known for its physical play, bodied up the smaller Lambert players.

“We know they’re bigger than we are, so we had to do our best not to get frustrated,” Wilson said.

Lambert senior captain Eoin Griffiths received the first of what would be four yellows cards in the game in the 33rd minute after exchanging words with the center referee. South played physical defense, which led to yellow cards on Trey Tanjuatco and Ryan Fierle.

As they match drew on, South began to get opportunities in the box. South had three second half corner kicks, but each time, the Lambert defense came up with the stop. But the biggest stop came in the 25th minute of the second half as Lambert’s Christian Girard stopped a wide-open shot that would’ve been the equalizer.

“Every opportunity they had he stopped or they just missed the net, but I give the credit to my guys,” Wilson said. “They came up big when we needed them the most.”

South’s defense began to loosen up and their offense began to slow down as the game wore on.

“We knew at half-time, we know we were leading and we had to make them implode and let the game get away from them,” Wilson said.

South’s defense fell apart after the referees made an effort to curtail the War Eagles’ physicality. Griffiths scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to put the game on ice.

Lambert (7-3-0) plans to ride this high as they play host to West Forsyth next Thursday. South (8-4-0) will hope to get back to its winning ways against Forsyth Central.