Great individual efforts spurred Greenbrier High School’s soccer teams to a sweep of Effingham County on Friday night.
Bay Daniel led the Lady Wolfpack with five goals in an 8-0 shutout, while Bryan Thompson paced the boys with three goals in a 4-0 triumph.
The Lady Wolfpack won their second consecutive Region 2-AAAA game and improved to 3-0 overall.
Daniel scored off her own rebound at 36:01 for the first goal, was fed by Madison Campbell for the second goal at 33:42, then drew the goalie out and easily put it by her for the hat trick with 27:25 left in the first half. She scored two goals in the first two minutes of the second half as Greenbrier built a 6-0 lead.
“It’s a region win, but it’s tough to get anything out of these games,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Wes Kendrick. “The girls don’t play up to their potential.”
Trying to get back to her usual level of play was Lady Wolfpack senior Carly Ray. She suffered a concussion Dec. 11, had headaches up to three weeks ago and saw her first action of the year Friday night. She finished with one assist in close to 20 minutes of work.
“I was rusty for sure, but it was good to be back,” said Daniel.
Also scoring goals for the Lady Wolfpack were Jessie Wright, Samantha Clark and Campbell, who finished with two assists.
Goalie Morgan Smith finished with 18 saves for the Rebels (2-3, 0-1), while the Lady Wolfpack’s goalkeepers were tested just twice.
The score of the boys game was closer, but the Wolfpack (3-0-1, 2-0) dominated the Rebels from start to finish.
“We wanted to get the three points (for scoring three goals) and not give up any, and that’s what we got,” said Wolfpack head coach Chip Warren.
Sophomore Bryan Thomp-son, in his first year at the school, got the Wolfpack’s first three goals. He blasted one past the goalie from 30 yards out with close to four minutes gone in the game, scored his second at the 25:34 mark with an assist from Reed Norton and got the hat trick with 35:30 to play, assisted again by Norton.
“The ball just came to me and I aimed at the goal,” said Thompson of his first score. “Reed and Luke (Waechter) set me up with some good balls.”
Waechter closed out the Wolfpack’s scoring with a successful penalty kick with just under 25 minutes left in the game.
Goalie Colby Pearce kept the Rebels (1-3-1, 0-2) in the game with 25 saves, many coming on point-blank shots.
The only negative for the Wolfpack was the red card and ejection of junior James Toombs for the use of extreme language. The ejection means he will miss the next two games.
The Rebels’ Jacob Iten also drew a red card and ejection with 22 minutes left to play.