JOHNS CREEK – After the game concluded, West Forsyth head coach John Thompson lined up behind his players and shook hands with each opponent before stopping two girls from Chattahoochee—No. 21 and No. 24.
“How in the world do y'all do that?” Thompson asked.
The duo of Siena and Marissa Gore, the Lady Cougars' top players and twins to boot, showed off some unrivaled chemistry as they used eachother to win draws throughout the game. The Gore sisters also combined for 12 goals and four assists on the attack as West fell 22-12 at Chattahoochee on Thursday night.
Despite West (9-2) suffering its worst loss of the season, spirits were upbeat in the postgame huddle. The Lady Wolverines gave No. 7 ranked Chattahoochee (8-2) some scares late in the first half and to start the second.
After falling behind 9-3, Madison Mueller and Kelly Guthrie helped the Lady Wolverines claw back into the game and make the score 9-6. West trailed 13-7 at halftime, but at the start of the second half battled back even more.
Three-straight draw victories led to three goals in less than two minutes to make the score 13-10 early in the second. Freshman Ella Madson scored two goals in that frame, including one off a steal. She was a bright spot in the game according to Thompson.
“Ella really showed off some speed and gave them some problems,” Thompson said.
Eventually, Chattahoochee flexed its muscle and pulled away. The Cougars had six total goal scorers, with Siena Gore leading with eight goals and two assists. Her sister had four goals and two assists, while Haley Harris finished with a hat trick.
Mueller led West in scoring with four goals and an assist, followed closely by Guthrie's four goals. Grady and Madson both finished with two goals.
“I thought we did well, all in all,” Thompson said. “Considering we were going up against an all-American, really. I thought maybe we could have been a little bit better on defense, but overall I'm happy with how today went.”
Thompson's focus has already shifted to Tuesday, when the Lady Wolverines will face off with Lambert.
“Really, Chattahoochee is about a lock to win this thing. It comes down to us, Northview, Centennial and Lambert coming up. It starts Tuesday with Lambert. We've got to get ready for that.”