West band students perform
Monica Martelli gave West Forsyth an extra jolt of confidence heading into halftime.
Martelli’s free position shot with 17 seconds remaining in the first half gave West a three-goal lead over South Forsyth at halftime, and the Lady Wolverines hung on to win a key Area 3-AAAAAA matchup 14-8 on Wednesday at The Den.
Martelli and teammate Hannah Supik both finished with a hat trick.
"It was a very good half as both teams were playing very hard," West head coach Dan Kaplan said. "Monica’s goal gave our team more confidence heading into the second half."
West (7-1, 3-1 area) received a strong, all-around team effort to get past South (3-4, 0-2).
Supik provided the first score of the night when she picked up a ground ball behind the cage and rolled to goal with a quick shot. South answered less than two minutes later when Lauren Clark receiveed a pass from Courtney Wisler on the crease and tied the score at 1-1.
Lindsey Lindaman gave West a lead it would not relinquish when she took the ensuing draw and raced down the field for a fast break goal. Lindaman was dominant on the circle all night, fielding nine draw controls.
Linda’s goal started a 4-0 run highlighted by two goals from Cece Bailey, putting the Lady Wolverines up 5-1.
The Lady War Eagles answered as Keri Porter and Wisler scored transition goals to bring South within two at 5-3.
West still led by two goals, 6-4, when Martelli scored shortly before the half. She tacked on another one minute into the second half on a goal in which she got away from her defender off the elbow and increased the lead to 8-4.
Moose Mueller responded with a free position goal for South, but Lindaman struck again for a draw to goal score that sparked another West run.
"Lindsey played a great game ... and she helped set the tempo of the game," Kaplan said.
West rolled off four more goals in a row after Lindaman’s score, as Haley Hess, Supik and Martelli all found the back of the net to put the Wolverines ahead 13-5.
West’s defense was led by goalie Marisa Martelli’s nine saves, while Dakota Duchaine contained South standout Natalie Howard.
"We asked Dakota to face guard Natalie Howard, who we feel is one of the best offensive players in the state," Kaplan said.
"Although Dakota won’t show up in our stats much, her effort on Natalie is what helped up win this game."
Laura Sheffield concluded the scoring for the Wolverines with her second goal of the night off an assist from Supik. South scored three goals in the closing minutes but couldn’t threaten West’s lead.
"A lot of our girls know their girls and vice versa," Kaplan said. "It is a healthy rivalry with the game being played intensely, yet afterwards both teams can congratulate each other with mutual respect."