By Steven Watkins
For the Forsyth County News
It wasn’t always pretty, and it certainly wasn’t perfect, but when the final horn sounded it was hard for the South Forsyth girls lacrosse team to be upset with much of anything after a 17-4 defeat of Forsyth Central on Friday night.
“I feel pretty good,” South Forsyth head coach Travis Pearre said. “The kids came out and we played hard.”
The War Eagles kicked off Area 5-6/7A play losing the opening draw but clearing and scoring the game’s first goal quickly after a save by goalie Kayla Casey, who finished the night with eight.
Midway through the first period however, South (2-0, 1-0) felt their momentum begin to slip. Immediately after scoring her second goal of the game, Central’s Hailey Ririe maneuvered her way through South defenders from behind the goal to cut the War Eagles’ lead to 7-4.
“We called a time out in the first half,” Pearre said. “We had to fix some things that maybe we weren’t doing well, just as our team, clean up some basic stuff, but the kids turned it around. We played a great second half.”
Pearre’s squad responded by scoring 10 unanswered goals, turning a back-and-forth first half into a 17-4 route.
“We were a little slow to start, but then we finished it well,” said Izzy Parker, who led the game with five scores on six shots. “I’m just really proud of my team.”
The War Eagles used dominant draw control to maintain possession of the ball for the majority of the game, winning 13 draws to Central’s six, led by senior Camryn Klaus, who had eight.
“It comes from me and the people I work with on the draw, we’ve worked together our whole lacrosse career,” Klaus said. “I can just look at them, and they know which side of the circle I’m going to put it on.”
While the War Eagles’ attack out-shot Central, 26-11, with five different players scoring multiple goals, it was what happened after the shots that helped South maintain control of the ball for the vast majority of the game.
“We played very well on our ride and our re-defend,” Pearre said, whose squad harassed Central’s attempts to clear for the entirety of the night and created numerous turnovers. “We really emphasized that in practice, and the kids are doing a good job of that, and when they do they see that it’s successful.”