P.O. Female Athlete of the Week: Skylar Lambert
It's not every day that you hear a coach say they are excited for a season spearheaded by 75 percent underclassmen.
But the Waynesboro Maidens' Skylar Lambert, a sophomore, isn't just any underclassmen.
The Maidens kicked off a promising season with a 2-0 start, winning their third-straight Trojan Cup, all the while breaking their dreaded penalty kick streak with Chambersburg.
Lambert had a hand in both victories, including the game-winning assist just 45 seconds into overtime against Chambersburg, propelling Waynesboro to a 1-0 first-round victory in the tournament.
The past two years, Waynesboro has beaten Chambersburg in the championship game of the Trojan Cup, the first time in penalty kicks. Lambert also had two of Waynesboro's three goals in the championship game against James Buchanan. The Maidens claimed the cup in a 3-0 win over the Rockets.
"We knew that we had been in that situation before and we didn't want it to get to PKs," Waynesboro coach Brian Fisher said. "We told them to have a sense of urgency and they ended it so quick. You tell them that, but don't actually expect it to end in 45 seconds."
To start the overtime period, Fisher sent out a number of bench players to change the tempo. On the first play of the overtime, Lambert received the ball in front of the net and crossed it to Olivia Churchman, a substitute who was playing striker, and she crashed the goal for the game winner.
"I wasn't nervous at all (going in to overtime)," Lambert said. "A lot of our players are very strong, and we knew we would beat them. It was really nice to end it right away. Really relieving.
"Honestly, it's really cool to have done so much. It's a really good accomplishment but the team helps out a lot."
With eight freshman and sophomores, and just four upperclassmen, the Waynesboro has its eyes on another district berth, but it all starts with the first few games of the season.
"I'm really excited about the season. I know we are a youthful team, but really, it's an advantage for us," Fisher said. "The girls are hungry and they want to prove themselves. It drives the competition and everyone is committed to improving everyday."
"Honestly it's kind of nerve-wracking to know the team is very young, but I've been playing with them since U8, and I trust them," Lambert said. "The goal is to make it to districts and win. Last year we lost in a shootout and everyone is saying we are going to be the No. 4 team (in the Mid Penn Colonial Division), so we are using that as motivation. This weekend definitely felt good. We are a strong group of girls."
Skylar Lambert, Waynesboro
Sport: Girls soccer
Position: Right wing
Parents: Frank Lambert and Heather Myers
Other interests: She also competes in the sprint events in track, and is in FBLA.
Favorite team: Baltimore Ravens
Athlete most admired: Alex Morgan
Interesting fact: Lambert completed her Female Athlete of the Week interview while at a West Virginia women's soccer game against Ohio State on Sunday.
Statistics: Lambert had the game-winning assist in overtime in the opening game of the Trojan Cup, and scored the first two goals in the Maidens' 3-0 victory over James Buchanan in the final.