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All-Metro Girls Soccer Coach of the Year: Joe Lambert, Sparrows Point

Joe Lambert, Sparrows Point
(Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

After capturing its third straight Class 1A state title and second straight Baltimore County crown last season, Sparrows Point graduated nine starters and 13 seniors in all. Dynasty over? Not a chance.

Third-year coach Joe Lambert quickly got the new cast on board and leaned on his few returning players to pick up where the team left off — playing a crisp passing game with quality finishing and organized defense.

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The Pointers went 17-1 and claimed their fourth state crown with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over No. 7 Patterson Mill in a rematch of last year's final. Just as impressive, Sparrows Point avenged its only loss of the season — a 2-1 overtime loss to Class 4A state runner-up Perry Hall — with a thorough 2-0 win over the No. 5 Gators to win another Baltimore County championship.

In three seasons, Lambert has a 50-2 record and has guided the Pointers to wins in every title game they have played in county, region and state play. He also served as an assistant coach in 2013 when the program won its first state crown.

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