On a frigid Friday night, the West Forsyth girls’ lacrosse team dominated North Forsyth at home 16-2 for an Area 5-6/7A victory. The Lady Wolverines were led by three scorers who had hat tricks alongside a stellar defensive effort.
West and North are both young teams led by a solid group of upperclassmen. North (0-4, 0-3) is led by junior Julianna Chesna, West by senior Kelly Guthrie. Both girls entered Friday night chasing huge career milestones.
Throughout Guthrie’s career, the senior has seen a lot of change. She has played all four years on the varsity team where she has witnessed upperclassmen break records and set precedents, her own game improve and three different head coaches take over.
At the start of the season, Bernard Marchand became the third head coach for West in four years, but the constant change hasn’t halted Guthrie from becoming a stand out player.
Going into Friday night, Guthrie was five goals shy of eclipsing her career 100th goal.
“I have always been rooting to get that far into my career,” Guthrie said. “Ever since I watched the seniors as a freshman get that [100 goals], I really wanted to strive to get there.”
West took control of the game early. Within the first two minutes, West knocked in its first goal of the night, and they added four more in the first 22 minutes of the first half. With two minutes left in the half, West reeled off three goals to North’s one for an 8-1 halftime lead.
West’s defense, led by seniors Izzy Tyler and Lauren Doherty, shut down North’s offense. The Lady Raiders struggled to find clean shots on the goal, and when they did, the shots went straight into the stick of the West goalkeeper.
“I think it [defensive success] was a combination of being in a good spots and good position,” Marchand said. “We are still a very young group, and we just concentrate on how to get better every game.”
The lack of offensive rhythm stretched into the second half. North was held scoreless until less than two minutes left to play in the game when Chesna found the back of the net for her 69th career goal, breaking the North girls scoring record.
“It’s such an amazing goal,” Chesna said. “It has been a goal for a while for me. I’m trying to get to 100 by the end of my senior year, and it’s just a great feeling.”
West rattled off seven more unanswered goals during the second half, three of which were from the stick of Guthrie. Guthrie ended the night with four goals and one assist, one shy of the 100-career mark.
Ella Madson added four goals and Reagan Wawrek notched three more for West on the way to its first region win of the season.