Happy Birthday, Yeonsung Lee! The Lambert sophomore and his teammates celebrated the occasion in a big way Tuesday. They overcame arch-rivals South Forsyth, 2-0, at War Eagle stadium.
Lee scored the opening goal of the game with only 28 minutes remaining, shooting through a crowd of players to find the back of the net. It broke up a hard-fought scoreless draw and may have broken the War Eagles’ collective spirit as well.
This was the first time the two teams had met since last May’s epic state championship match won by Lambert, 3-2. Each team had scoring chances in the first half, but neither converted. It also featured some tough physical play, typical of any Lambert-South Forsyth match.
The Longhorns stepped up the tempo in the second half and finally broke through when Lee scored his goal. Just nine minutes later, Lambert was awarded a free kick from just outside the penalty box. Senior Jay Patterson zipped a shot past the wall. The ball slithered off the keeper’s hands and into the net.
Throughout the game, Lambert keeper Chris Smith and defenders Trey Kirksey, Nick Alliston, Harry Maughan, Noah Sivinski and Jay Patterson once again played airtight defense. When the final horn sounded, Lambert had won its fourth straight shutout. In four games, Lambert has outscored opponents, 12-0.
The Longhorns (4-0-0) return to the Horn for a home match Friday against West Forsyth (0-4-2). Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.