Despite a sluggish start, the ninth-ranked Lakeside Lady Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals of the state AAAA soccer tournament with a 3-1 win over Northgate on Tuesday.
"We had our prom last Saturday, and many of the girls just finished their senior projects, so I think they were a little fatigued going into this game," said Lakeside coach Donny Rogers, whose team improved to 14-4-2. "But like all good soccer teams, they dug deep and pulled out what they needed to win."
The Lady Vikings found the net first with an unassisted goal from Lindsey Powell five minutes into their match at Panther Stadium.
Lakeside forward Jamie Lake answered five minutes later when she charged after a booming kick from midfield by Kim Leeds and snuck it past keeper Erin Maher.
Northgate cut off the right side of the field for much of the first half. By keeping the ball to the left, the Lady Vikings shunned Lakeside playmakers such as Lake and Susanne Rogers.
"They seemed to only be counterattacking, which is how they got their goal, but once we pushed the ball out to the flanks we were right back in there," Rogers said.
His strategy paid off.
Lakeside midfielder Rebecca Bohler dribbled past three Vikings defenders to set up Ashley Wray's goal.
Bohler's second assist gave Lakeside a two-goal lead one minute into the second half.
Lakeside will next play Forsyth Central at home.
"We played well enough to win," Harlem coach George Berry said. "Our defense played very well."