South Forsyth shared the ball more than it had all season Tuesday night, but that didn't mean Madison Mueller wouldn't get hers. After all, she had the highlight of the night.
Halfway through the first half, Mueller made North Forsyth's goalkeeper pay for leaving the net, knocking the ball loose and picking it up to swing around in time to score and give the Lady Eagles an 8-1 lead.
Mueller finished with five goals: In fact, she had a hat trick just six minutes and change into the contest. Still, the prevailing theme at the game's conclusion was goal distribution as 11 different players scored for South in its 17-6 victory over North.
“A lot of different kids scored tonight. They all got a chance to get in there and not just offensively, but made some nice defensive plays too,” South coach Chip McIlvain said. “I'm really proud of all of them for a team effort. They did a great job.”
Camryn Klaus assisted three and scored twice on her own, while Alexis Holley also had a pair of goals, but every other scorer found the net once. Much of the shared offense came from a 12-3 halftime lead that steadied into some longer possessions in the beginning of the second half.
Arianne Cachuela, a junior varsity regular, entered and had another highlight on the evening when she immediately flicked a pass, volleyed from behind the net from Klaus, into the goal.
Still, not everything for South (3-2, 2-1) was pretty. North (0-3, 0-3) held a 10-5 advantage in draws, making most of its draw wins in the first half, but the Lady Raiders had trouble getting shots to find the back of the net against goalie Delaney Hilton, who played until the end of the first half.
“I'm worried about draws and the ground balls. That's our big concern,” McIlvain said. “I'd like to see us possess the ball a little bit more as well.”
Hilton's highlight of the contest was a series of three consecutive blocks in a matter of seconds while the game was still within reach at 5-1.
North was led by three goals from Juliana Chesna. Chesna scored her first goal to tie the contest at 1-1 early, but from there the Lady Eagles stormed to an 8-0 run.
North coach Robert Kienle's message to his team after the contest was to focus less on wins and losses and more on progress. While his team struggled to keep up with fastbreaks and scoring free throws, he felt like there were many positives.
“Basically, we're young and still growing,” Kienle said. “Every little thing that we can do we need to grow from it. We're learning and getting a lot of experience. Being young and learning the game just takes time.”