Lambert goal keeper Jordyn Ebert's name was never mentioned by the public address announcer Friday night in Coal Mountain. There was never an opportunity.
Maggie Hanusek assisted Madison Eddleman on two goals, while scoring off a header later on, and the Lady Longhorns comfortably possessed the ball throughout the entirety of the contest in a 6-0 win over North Forsyth.
Lambert (10-1, 4-1) has now won its last four games since falling to Johns Creek on Feb. 29. and has pitched nine shutouts—the only other game so far with an allowed goal was the season opener against Lovett. Lambert has allowed just four goals all year.
When the game ended, Lambert head coach Scott Luthart promptly took off to catch a flight. Not much needed to be said. It was business as usual for the Lady Longhorns, according to assistant coach Rebecca Parker.
“We really just try to focus on what we do well,” Parker said. “Trying to possess the ball and create scoring chances. We got everybody in the game today, and everyone had some chances to prove themselves and work together as a team, and that's what we want to accomplish as much as we can. The next step is to play together and play quick.”
It's hard to imagine a next step after the game they had. North head coach Jared Steinberg knew going into the game against the defending Class AAAAAA state runner-up that his team would be in for a grind.
“It's a challenge,” Steinberg said of facing such a tough opponent. “Coming into this game you know you're going to be defending pretty much the entire time. But we played Johns Creek on Tuesday, were down 1-0 at halftime, and really felt like we were winning that game. I think the girls were channeling some of that early on, then you get down and it's just emotionally trying.”
Lambert's Briarly Beauchamp opened the scoring with a header off a corner from close range, followed by Eddleman's first goal—a 30-yard shot that flew just over the head of North's Kat Fisher.
Freshman Ellie Pryblski scored her first career goal in the second half, while Emma Scharnell had a goal from close range to round out the scoring.
A bright spot for North (3-7, 0-5) was the performance of freshman goalkeeper Savannah Cummings. She played the second half for the Lady Raiders, recording six saves.
Lambert finished 6-of-15 on scoring attempts, while North did not deliver a shot on goal in the game. The Lady Longhorns will prepare for another county showdown on Tuesday with 8-1 South Forsyth, while North will play on the same day at Alpharetta.
Lambert boys 4, North 0
Eoin Griffiths scored two goals to lead Lambert to a shutout win.
Freshman Davis Eddleman opened the scoring with a sprint from midfield, and the 1-0 lead remained until halftime. Lambert opened the floodgates in the second half, as Griffiths scored both of his goals in a flurry that also included a score from Jalen Williams.
Lambert (6-5) is looking to hit its stride after a tough start to the year.
“We've had a rough go of it with injuries and sickness, but for the most part we have a lot of young players. We are undersized a bit sometimes, but overall we're getting healthy and better day by day,” head coach Chris Wilson. “In the first half we started slow, North played really well, then in the second half we were able to jump all over them.”
North goal keeper Austin Ray had five strong saves, while the Raiders struggled offensiely with finishing chances. Overall, the scoreboard didn't match the balanced play on the field.
“They played their heart out,” North assistant coach Mikey Hampton said of his players. “They did what I thought they were going to do. Should have had a few goals. We had one good chance and couldn't finish, but it happens.”