Senior Monica Martelli led all scorers with four goals, Kelly Guthrie and Sarah Grady each added two scores and West Forsyth survived a late push from upset-minded Lambert to win 9-7 on the road Tuesday night.
West players rushed the field in excitement as the final horn sounded and rehearsed, “We've got one more,” over and over in the post-game huddle. Coach John Thompson couldn't contain his excitement.
For West, Lambert's 5-6 record heading into the contest was of little significance. And by “one more,” the players referenced their April 30 contest against Forsyth Central.
There was no questioning after Tuesday's game that West (11-4) has been focused—not on the fact they now have a six-game winning streak, but that they are one game away from earning the Forsyth Cup after wins over South Forsyth, North Forsyth and the Lady Longhorns.
“We still have to play Central, if we are able to win that that gives us back-to-back-to-back Forsyth County championships,” Thompson said.
“All of our girls, our seniors, I couldn't be more proud of them,” he said. “Monica had an incredible game, but incredible job by everybody for stepping up, keeping the ball down on our end at the end. I couldn't be more proud of them.”
The Lady Wolverines had to hold off a furious comeback attempt from Lambert, who outscored West 4-2 in the second half with a pair of goals from Geneva Rumer, as well as goals from Abby Hollis and Cloe Latini.
Lambert coach Seth Thompson was impressed with both team's performances, but felt like his team struggled with picking the ball off the turf.
“They've got some great players and are well coached,” Seth Thompson said. “We had a lot of ground balls we should have come up with and we had a couple of opportunities, especially at the end.”
Lambert (5-7) is now 1-1 in the county, but has its work ahead of it with South Forsyth and North Forsyth still on the schedule.
“We still have a chance in the region, but this is a tough region and each game we play is really close. But this was disappointing, we really wanted that one,” Seth Thompson said. “But we've got to keep getting better. We're on the right track.”
Lambert took a 3-2 lead early in the first half before the Lady Wolverines rattled off five straight goals to take a 7-3 halftime advantage. Two of Lambert's first half scores came from Peyton Smith, who has bottled up for the rest of the evening.
West had to finish play without midfielder Channing Milford, who left in the first half with an injured thumb.
“We don't know if it's broken or not but we'll see,” John Thompson said.
West will face 13-1 Blessed Trinity before finishing its schedule against Central, while Lambert will follow its two road games against county opponents with a home game, April 30, against Alpharetta.