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Soccer: West girls' hot start burns North
Lady Wolverines score two goals in first 16 minutes of play
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Forsyth County News

A quick start was all West Forsyth’s girls soccer team needed to put away North Forsyth.

Sydney Robertson scored in the 11th minute of the first half and teammate Landen Bowman added a goal five minutes later to give the Lady Wolverines all the points they needed to knock off rival North 2-0 on Tuesday at The Den.

"We really wanted this game," Robertson said. "We knew we couldn’t come away with another region loss, so we wanted to get a win to start of the season right."

The Lady Wolverines (1-4, 1-2 Region 6-AAAAAA) attacked from the start of the game and challenged the keeper for much of the first half with eight shots on goal.

Robertson found her way into the North box and took a shot on goal, but keeper Crystal Cannon was in perfect position and blocked the shot. The ball bounced directly back to Robertson where she avoided the keeper and gave West a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Wolverines didn’t let up and continued to attack the right side of the North defense. West’s Megan Moore drilled a shot on goal, but the ball hit the crossbar and deflected directly toward Bowman, who finished the drive with an easy goal to bring the score to 2-0.

"We’re just very happy that we were able to play at a higher pace tonight," West head coach Peter Valentino said. "The girls came out and we finally had some chemistry and we played together and kept the ball on the ground."

The Lady Raiders’ (2-3, 0-3) offense could never find their groove and only managed three shots on goal, while West finished with nine.

West goalie Courtney Baum recorded the clean sheet with three saves.

North hosts Alpharetta on Friday at 5 p.m., while West Forsyth will travel to Chattahoochee at 5:55 p.m.

"We’re still missing players from our squad," North head coach Dana Chapman said. "We’ve yet to have a game where all of our players are there. [It was] just unfortunate circumstances. [We] fought hard and the second half was a better fight than the first, but we’re a relatively young team and we have some ground we need to make up."