By Steven Watkins
For the Forsyth County News
The first 20 minutes of Tuesday night’s soccer matchup between Lambert and visiting North Forsyth were easily the most competitive.
With 16 minutes left in the rain-drenched first half of the girls game, Lambert’s Frankie Fontana fed an excellent ball to teammate Aja Celka, who fired a shot by North keeper Savannah Cummings and created a lead.
The girls would go on to win 2-0 in a game that never really seemed to be in question, while the boys nailed down the sweep of the visiting Raiders with a 9-0 rout.
Lambert’s reigning state-champion girls team evened their Region 5-7A record at 3-3 with the victory and kept their playoff hopes alive, outshooting the Raiders by a wide margin and possessing the ball for the majority of the game.
“We had a rough outing last Friday, so it’s always good to have a quick turnaround after the weekend and play early in the week,” Lambert’s girls head coach Scott Luthart said. “We were looking for a bounce-back kind of game.”
Team captain Lauren Hong scored her team’s second goal thanks largely to a high-effort assist by sophomore Melina West, who fought through several North defenders while maintaining possession and feeding an excellent cross to her teammate.
“Melina worked really hard down the line,” Hong said. “One of her strengths is that’s she’s really athletic and she won’t stop both on defense and offense. She came and she crossed and I saw the opportunity to go for the goal.”
In the second game, the Lambert boys nearly matched their first meeting’s 5-0 score over the Raiders in the first 40 minutes, taking a 4-0 lead into the half.
Three of Lambert’s first four goals were scored by Hayden Fontana, who finished his hat trick within the first 30 minutes of play.
“It’s good, we’re 6-0 in the region and we haven’t conceded a goal yet,” Fontana said. “The goals keep coming, we just keep winning them, and it’s good.”
The first-place Longhorns scored five more times in the second half, out-shooting the Raiders 29-2 with six different Lambert players scoring.
“I enjoy watching our boys get after it,” head coach Chris Wilson said. “Nothing to complain about at all tonight.”
Both Lambert teams will continue their seasons on Friday with road games at South Forsyth, each game having significant playoff implications.
“That’s really the biggest game of the season at this point” Fontana said on Friday’s matchup.
“One game at a time,” Wilson said. “We’ll enjoy this, tomorrow the focus will be on South.”