At 36:38 of the the first half, Greenbrier’s Sydney Maileoi chipped a pass ahead to Bay Daniel, who fought off two Lady Gators defenders and blasted the ball past the Ware County goalkeeper for the quick 1-0 lead.
The first of Daniel’s three goals set the tone for the bigger, stronger, faster, Lady Wolfpack (15-0-1, 11-0), who easily advanced to the second round of the Region 2-AAAA soccer tournament.
The girls will host the Statesboro-Wayne County winner Friday night at 5:30 p.m. at Wolf Den Stadium.
The Lady Wolfpack entered as the top seed in the region and looked every bit the part against the Lady Gators (9-7, 4-7).
By the 28:26 mark, the Lady Wolfpack held a 3-0 advantage after goals by Dani Wright and Madison Campbell. Daniel assisted on Wright’s goal, and Campbell scored on a rebound after a Daniel shot hit the crossbar.
“It rebounded off the crossbar and I just volleyed it in,” said Campbell.
Nadia Maaouia blasted one from about 25 yards away just inside the left corner of the net at 26:33 for a 4-0 lead and head coach Wes Kendrick sat his starters.
The reserves added to the lead when Riley Tetreault found Alisa Williams in the middle of the field. Much like Daniel’s first goal, Williams beat two defenders and shot it over the head of the goalie for a 5-0 lead.
With the starters back, Campbell added her second goal and Daniel her second and third goals before the end of the half, taking an 8-0 lead into the break.
With the 8-0 lead, the second half was shortened to 20 minutes and Kendrick kept his starters on the bench the rest of the way. Kendrick said he and his team did not take the Lady Gators for granted heading into the match.
“Anyone is beatable on any day,” said Kendrick. “A team can catch a break or we might not show up. We go into every game thinking like that.”