Lambert upsets No. 2 Walton on OT goal

Mike Kelly

Lambert finally got the big win it coveted. Senior midfielder Zack Davis scored off a loose ball with 13 seconds left in the second overtime period to give Lambert a dramatic 2-1 win at No. 2 Walton tonight in Raider Valley. The No. 3 Horns can now enjoy spring break feeling good about themselves.

“You don’t want to go into spring break with a loss,” said Lambert head coach Chris Wilson. “It was the biggest game for both teams as far as rankings, so you don’t want to go into a week off without having a good result. For us, it’s a great win.”

Wilson’s squad has dropped two games this season, each by 2-1 scores, and earned by far its most impressive victory of the season by knocking off the previously-unbeaten Raiders.

Lambert got on the board first when senior midfielder Cooper Coughlin scored on a cross with 18:36 left in the first half. Walton then spent much of the night trying to even the score before a Charlie Williams  shot deflected off a Lambert defender and into the back in the back of the onion bag with 19:47 left in regulation to pull the Raiders even.

The two five-minute overtime periods were largely uneventful until Davis’ goal. A cross into the penalty area got loose from Walton’s defense and Davis was there with essentially an open net to win the game for Lambert.

“We talked about and we work on when the ball goes to one side, obviously, what’s available and most open is the backside,” said Wilson. “We got lucky, to be honest. (Davis) moved into the right spot and finished it off.”

The Longhorns (11-2) have now won six straight and will face North Forsyth on April 11 after the break.

The Raiders (13-1), who had won their last four games by a total of five goals against unranked opponents, seemed to struggle getting anything together on the offensive side of the field.

After spring break the Raiders will host east Cobb-rival Lassiter on April 12, likely for the Region 5 title.




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