By Steven Watkins
For the Forsyth County News
Late in the first game of Tuesday night’s doubleheader, South Forsyth’s Maria Walsh hustled behind the North Forsyth defense after a nice, looping ball from a teammate and looked to add to her team’s 1-0 lead, only to fire her shot directly into the waiting arms of the goalkeeper.
Late in the second game and with a 2-0 lead, South’s Andrew Shah popped a ball over the sliding North Goalkeeper, only to sail it over an empty net by a few inches.
Both South teams won shutouts, both dominated shots and possession, but both clearly left numerous opportunities on the field as shot after shot sailed wide, high or into the hands of the goalkeeper throughout the entirety of South’s sweep of the visiting Raiders.
Neither scored after the first half.
“Yeah, we were a little apathetic,” South head coach Tom Braun said. “We did not play with the intensity that we should have, and North played a good game, their goalkeeper made some great saves and kept them in it, and we were fortunate to come out of here with a 2-0 win.”
Both South teams took early leads, with freshman Patrick Kelly scoring within the first three minutes for the boys, while sophomore Lauren Murray for the girls scored her game’s only goal around 16 minutes in, on a high, lofted shot from 30 yards out with the sun behind her.
“I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t think it was going in,” Murray said. “I just shot the ball, and I thought it was kind of going past corner. I think it was all luck. I don’t think the keeper saw it coming.”
Despite South dominating the scoring opportunities, the North girls threatened to tie numerous times in the second half, one attempt resulting in a sliding save by goalkeeper Anna Montgomery who took a cleat to the face in the process and left the game. Olivia Woodison finished the game for the War Eagles after also starting the first half.
“She’s coming off basketball, and she’s very athletic,” Bruan said on Woodison. “Every day she’s been out here she’s getting better and better so we’re confident she can do the job.”
The South boys outshot the Raiders 21-3, led by Andrew Shah and Chris Mendelson with four apiece and with Mendelson’s finding the net in the final minute of the first half.
“Tonight wasn’t my night, but luckily my buddy Chris here got one in,” Shah said.
“We just set the bar high for ourselves,” Mendelson said. “We just need to be more clinical, and I think that will come.”