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Greenbrier dominates in Tuesday night soccer

Posted: April 21, 2012 - 11:05pm
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Ware County's Jonathan Benek and Greenbrier's Luke Waechter head the ball at midfield.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Ware County's Jonathan Benek and Greenbrier's Luke Waechter head the ball at midfield.

The Greenbrier High School girls and boys soccer teams have been virtually untouchable all season, and Tuesday night’s openers in the region playoffs proved to be no different.

Both squads entered the night as the No. 1 seeds in Region 2-AAAA, playing host to the No. 4 seeds from Ware County. The girls jumped out to a quick lead and finished with the 8-0 shutout. The boys led 2-0 at the half before gaining separation, ending with a 6-1 win.

Both were home for the second round of the regional Friday night. The boys faced Richmond Hill while the girls played Wayne County.

At 36:38 of the first half of the girls’ contest, 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.

That goal set the tone for the bigger, stronger and faster Lady Wolfpack (15-0-1, 11-0).

With an 8-0 lead at the break, the second half was shortened to 20 minutes and Lady Wolfpack head coach Wes Kendrick kept his starters on the bench the rest of the game.

“We had a comfortable lead and I wanted them (reserves) to get some experience in these types of games,” Kendrick said. “With the games that are coming up, that may not happen.”

Daniel finished with three goals and Madison Campbell added two. Dani Wright, Nadia Maaouia and Alisa Williams also scored. Daniel had two assists while Maileoi, Campbell and Riley Tetreault had one each.

James Toombs got the Wolfpack (14-1, 11-0) on the board with a goal at the 36:52 mark for a 1-0 lead, but was far from finished. He scored another goal with about 13 minutes left in the half, then scored a flurry of three goals in three minutes in the second half, finishing with five for the night.

“It was a team effort,” said the junior. “They fed me the ball, and after the first goal, they had confidence I could put the ball in the net.”

Reed Norton scored the Wolfpack’s other goal and was credited with an assist. Michael Harris, Taylor Peterson and Luke Waechter also had assists.

The Wolfpack had a number of chances to break the game open in the first half, but just couldn’t connect.

“We controlled the ball and were never under pressure,” said Wolfpack head coach Chip Warren. “We didn’t put the ball on frame. If we had put the ball on frame we would have got a few more.”

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