It didn’t take long Wednesday for the Greenbrier High boys soccer team to drain all the drama out of its home-opener against Hephzibah.
With just more than two minutes off the clock, the Wolfpack’s James Toombs blasted a shot into the lower left corner of the Rebels’ goal and the rout was on, with the Wolfpack winning 10-0.
Lack of excitement wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for the Wolfpack (1-0-1), who had to score a game-tying goal in the final minute of their season-opener against South Aiken on Feb. 16.
“We had trouble putting the ball in the back of the net against South Aiken,” said Wolfpack head coach Chip Warren. “Tonight, we did a good job of that.”
Reed Norton scored the lone goal against South Aiken, but ran the show for the Wolfpack and finished the night with three goals and two assists, all in the first half when the Rebels (0-2) surrendered nine goals.
“This gave us some confidence, especially after last week’s game where I thought we were tentative,” Norton said.
At the 30-minute mark, up 5-0, following goals by Norton, Taylor Peterson, Bradley Hodge, and Khalid Maaouia, most of the starters took a seat until the 10-minute mark.
For Warren, he got to rest junior Drew Fransoso, who he sat for the rest of the game after he assisted on Norton’s first goal. Fransoso missed the Wolfpack’s first game with a hamstring injury.
The score was still 5-0 when the starters took the field once more and it took just 50 seconds for Norton to lead a three-on-one break and blast the ball past goalie Steven Cauthron for the 6-0 lead.
While under attack for the majority of the night, Cauthron did finish with seven saves.
Logan Tihey, Luke Waechter and Norton added goals for the 9-0 halftime advantage.
Beginning the second half, Shawn Abraham hit the crossbar on a penalty kick at the 38-minute mark. Three minutes later, the mercy rule took effect when Luke Dewyea ended the game with a successful penalty kick.
Even with the outcome such as it was, Warren knows there is place for contests like these.
“The first few games are to get us ready for the region and then the state (playoffs),” Warren said.
The Wolfpack will face their first Region 2-AAAA competition Tuesday when they travel to Lakeside.