Jamie Porter scored five goals to lead South Forsyth to its first victory of the season Wednesday night, earning a 19-7 win over rival North Forsyth in cold, windy conditions at Coal Mountain.
Camyrn Klaus had a had trick and two assists to spell Porter, and South had nine total goal scorers. Izzy Parker, Mackenzie Cole, Martina Goveaszz and Madeline Ford each scored two goals.
South (1-4) managed to flip the script on a season that has seen lopsided losses go against it. The Lady War Eagles jumped to a 5-1 lead, but goals from Corinne Thompson and Julianna Chesna helped North (0-4) into the game, as the Lady Raiders trailed just 8-4 at the half.
South took control in the second half, outscoring North 11-3 down the stretch. Many South players reacted to the final buzzer with celebration as the team earned its first win of the season. The Lady War Eagles are adjusting to attacking on the offensive end without Madison Mueller, who transferred to West over the offseason.
South head coach Kassie Smith thinks the team has rather made strides on the defensive side of the ball.
“One thing we're working on so far is just getting better each game,” Smith, in her first season coaching the lacrosse team, said. “Every game we've seen big improvement, and defense has been what we are working on hard on. Holding them to seven goals is a lot better than what we have done so far. Offensively, we're still trying to get comfortable.”
South had allowed 17, 16, 18 and 12 goals in its last four games, respectively.
For North coach Robert Kienle, the team is still searching for answers. Thompson and Chesna have been consistent on the attack—Chesna scored four goals, Thompson two—but the team has struggled to find other offensive weapons. Avery Finley had the only other goal.
“We practice and practice and cover the skills, but when we get out here in a game there's just a disconnect,” Kienle said. “I think, when you talk about skills, we matched up with them. But, I don't know if it's speed or pure athleticism or what, but we're just not there yet.”
More importantly, North is still trying to find its defense. Goalkeeper Grace Hanks was under fire until she was pulled in the final minutes, but still managed to make 10 stops.
“(Grace) is solid,” Kienle said. “I didn't pull her because I thought she was doing bad. She didn't need to be taking a beating in the net like that.”
North will have a brief break before hosting Chattahoochee on Wednesday, while South hosts North Gwinnett on Saturday.