This was more than just a region game to South Forsyth.
The No. 9-ranked Lady War Eagles wanted to prove that their one-goal win against Lambert on Feb. 26 wasn’t a fluke. South seemed to wipe away any doubt by handing No. 3-ranked Lambert another 1-0 defeat on Friday at The Horn.
"We just put the ball in the frame and snuck one in," South head coach Tom Braun said. "We played great defense again. It was an exciting game throughout — a real good game.
"Our kids rose to the occasion tonight and played extremely well. [They] did what they were coached to do and we came out with the win; it was great."
South (10-2, 8-2 Region 6-AAAAAA) forward Rachel Shah scored the game’s only goal in the 27th minute as she took a shot from outside the box that got past the outstretched arms of Lambert keeper Sami Lucas and rolled past her for the goal.
The Lady Longhorns (9-2, 8-2) had an 8-1 advantage with shots on goal in the second half, but South keeper Hannah Goudy, who replaced Brie Haynes after halftime, commanded the defense and recorded the clean sheet.
"Lambert’s just one of those rivals where you want to step up and do really great," Goudy said. "We stepped it up tonight and did really well.
"I just did what I normally do with high intensity. I played my heart out."
Emily Haugen took a corner kick for Lambert in the 46th minute, but the Lady War Eagles knocked it out of the box.
Lambert’s Tatum Richey nearly tied the game in the 47th minute and teammate Heather Lacy had a quality look in the 31st minute, but both shots were stopped by Goudy.
"We have two excellent goalkeepers in Brie and Hannah," Braun said. "We used Brie in the field in the second half and Hannah’s an excellent goalkeeper [with] great hands. We had total confidence in her. She shut Lambert out last time and she’s great every night. It was an awesome effort."
Lambert head coach Scott Luthart declined to comment after the game.
South Forsyth will host Johns Creek on Tuesday at 5:55 p.m., while Lambert will play Centennial at home at the same time.