By Josh Holland
For the Forsyth County News
The Lambert girls soccer team got off to a swift start on Friday night against North Forsyth.
Just eight minutes into the game, Brooke Schuyler had already put a ball past Raiders goalkeeper Savannah Cummings. That was only the start of a run of intense pressure from the Longhorns, with Cummings being tested again and again.
Another goal from Sydney Hennessey doubled Lambert’s lead. The Longhorns added two more to their tally before halftime, from Schuyler and Faith Ferrer.
But despite being 4-0 up and well on their way to a 7-0 win, Longhorns coach Scott Luthart, could have been happier.
“We were receiving the ball flat footed in the final third,” Luthart said. “Some of our shots in the first half went wide or over the bar. I just didn’t think we had our feet moving to really be ready to set that ball up for a better shot.”
The girls rectified this on the field immediately in the second half, scoring three goals within the first 10 minutes of play. Two of these goals were scored by Faith Ferrer, which completed her hat trick for the night.
“We’ve definitely been connecting well as a team and gotten better at scoring” Ferrer said. “(We’ve been able to) work on movement throughout the midfield and being able to overlap passes, and that really helped us in the game.”
Luthart was already looking ahead to next week’s difficult schedule, which features region foes West Forsyth and South Forsyth, spreading playing time to most of his team.
“At the same time everybody got playing time so we were able to rest our legs a little bit,” Luthart said. “It’s always good to get your first region match win.”
Lambert improved to 4-0-0 and 1-0 in Region 5-7A with the win. North fell to 1-2-1.
Lambert boys 5, North Forsyth 0
Hayden Fontana opened the scoring for Lambert with 24 minutes left in the first half. Exactly a minute later Thomas Powers doubled the Longhorns lead thanks to their unrelenting full field press.
Fontana went on to score two more before halftime, including a spectacular finish from distance that found the top left corner, completing his first-half hat trick.
In the second half both teams struggled to find the back of the net as the rain started to fall. However, in the final minute, Tyler Nadiak brought the score to 5-0. The Longhorns (3-0-0, 1-0) continued their undefeated season and opened region play with a strong performance. North dropped to 0-3-1, 0-1.