West Forsyth's season came to a halt Tuesday in a 12-5 loss against Lassiter in the first round of the state playoffs, ending the Wolverines' eight-game winning streak that dated back to March 21.
West and Lassiter entered the opening-round match-up as top-10 teams, ranked No. 6 and No. 2, respectively, by Laxpower.com.
West, considerably smaller in size than the Lady Trojans, looked to have advantage in agility early on as senior Monica Martelli and junior Sarah Grady each scored a pair of goals to help the Wolverines to a 4-2 lead, but Lassiter would go on a 10-0 run that lasted until the final minute of the game.
Tempers flared, as West was issued more yellow cards than it had goals by the contest's end. Overall, there were 13 cards in the match up that West coach John Thompson called “chippy” and “familiar.”
“We played (Lassiter) in a lot of tournament stuff and it was very chippy, but I'm proud of the season we've had,” Thompson said. “They were the No. 2 team in the state and we hung around with them right to begin with, we fought hard. I'm disappointed that we didn't do better, I really thought we had a shot but we let the game get in our head and that was it. I still think that we are in their caliber.”
West finishes 13-5 on the year and won the Forsyth Cup for the second-straight year. He hopes with his team being nearly split exclusively between seniors and sophomores that younger returners can keep the program at a high level.
West says goodbye to nine seniors.
“It's frustrating to lose some wonderful kids, and they're the best group of people I've ever been around in my life. Them and their parents are just very classy, great groups of people,” Thompson said. “I hope they'll all be successful, but also come back and help out the program as we move forward. Well we lose nine seniors, but, we're definitely retooling. I don't believe in rebuilding.”
Martelli and Grady each finished with two goals, while Erika Cross scored the game's first goal. Martelli also had an assist. Senior goalkeeper Kara Duclos held her own, saving six shots, but overall Lassiter shot 12 of 21. West had just five shots on goal.
Alyssa Gattis scored four goals for the Lady Trojans, while Mary Carter Putman finished with a hat trick. Annie Christian added three assists.
Lassiter improved to 15-4 on the season with the win and will advance to face North Gwinnett on Friday.