Lambert’s girls soccer team looked just fine despite the absence of its two most recognizable players.
The No. 9-ranked Lady Longhorns rattled off four goals from four different players en route to a 4-0 non-region victory over Forsyth Central to finish the regular season on Senior Night on Tuesday at The Horn. Lambert was without seniors Tatum Richey (concussion) and Heather Lacy (red card).
Lambert (14-3) already claimed the top-seed in Region 6-AAAAAA with a win on Friday over Johns Creek and will host a playoff game on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs’ (4-10-1) season is now complete.
"Probably the biggest thing was that we took way too many negative touches in the first half," Lambert head coach Scott Luthart said. "We checked to a ball and when we got our first touch, we continued to go in that direction, as opposed to [having] the ball served to you, taking a peek behind you and then making an aggressive turn and going toward the defenders and going to goal…
"We’re missing two huge elements today in our attack, so we had to experiment and try to figure out how to fill two massive holes that we had with Tatum being out and Heather being out, so that fact that we got four from four different kids [is great.]"
Less than two minutes ran off the clock in the second half before Lambert midfielder Bailey Frederking found the back of the net for her first goal of the season. Frederking took a shot from 25 yards away and over the head of the keeper.
Midfielder Casey Baker got in on the action in the 60th minute with a chip shot over the top of the goalie from about 15 yards out to make the score 2-0.
"We were slow getting started, but we got more momentum and picked it up and we realized that everyone had to step up for the players we had out," Baker said. "Obviously, they’ve had most of our goals and we all just realized that this [is what it will be like] next year and we needed to step up.
"It was good to get a big win and get hot before playoffs, so I expect us to go far."
The Lady Longhorns’ third goal came from an unlikely player. Senior defender Lauren Sykora scored her first goal in her high school career, as she worked deep in the box from left to right before powering a close-range shot past the keeper with 15:10 left in the second half.
Forward Abbie Worrell capped off the scoring nearly six minutes later with a close shot in the box to make the score 4-0.
Central’s best scoring opportunity came in the 12th minute when Kara Slaughter fired a shot off the right post, but Lambert keeper Sami Lucas didn’t allow another quality opportunity, as she earned her fourth consecutive clean sheet.
"I think we weren’t attacking as much as we wanted to be," Central head coach Michelle Vonhaz said. "They had us in our defensive third most of the second half and that just gave them more scoring opportunities."