With the Greenbrier boys soccer team off to a slow start, James Toombs ensured the team would finish fast.
The speedy junior scored the Wolfpack’s two goals in the first half, then in a three-minute span early in the second half, he added three more goals. The five-goal outburst led the Wolfpack to a 6-1 win over Ware County Tuesday night in the first round of the Region 2-AAAA tournament.
“It was a team effort,” said the junior Toombs. “They fed me the ball and after the first goal they had confidence I could put the ball in the net.”
Friday night, Greenbrier (14-1-0, 11-0 region) will host Richmond Hill, who beat Lakeside 3-0 Tuesday night.
Toombs scored the first goal at 36:52 with an assist from Taylor Peterson. The Wolfpack were controlling the ball in the Gators’ end for the majority of the half, but were just a little off in their timing. The timing was fine for Toombs’ second goal, however. Michael Harris sent a ball from the middle of the field to the right side of the goal, where Toombs slid the ball into the left corner of the net without breaking stride from about 10 yards out.
“The weather was hot and we were a little lethargic in the first half,” said Wolfpack head coach Chip Warren, who added that Toombs only played about half the game. “It’s the sign of a good team when you don’t play your best and still come away with a win.”
After Toombs’ three-goal explosion in the second half, Reed Norton got free and took a perfect pass from Luke Waechter before finding the back of the net at 22:36 for the 6-0 lead.
Warren pulled his starters and the Gators (6-9-2, 4-7) were able to break-up the shutout on a goal by Neel Enriquez with 4:34 to play.