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Greenbrier's Emily Ludwig (right) celebrates a score with teammates Carly Ray center) and Katie Belser. Greenbrier scored three times in the last five minutes for a 4-2 victory over Richmond Hill.

Greenbrier girls find way to win region.

Posted: April 24, 2012 - 9:44pm  |  Updated: April 25, 2012 - 11:43am
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Jim Blaylock/staff Greenbrier's Emily Ludwig attempts to head the ball into the goal only to have it caught by Richmond Hill goalie Caroline Smith.
Jim Blaylock/staff Greenbrier's Emily Ludwig attempts to head the ball into the goal only to have it caught by Richmond Hill goalie Caroline Smith.

For the first time this season on Tuesday, the Greenbrier High girls soccer team were down two goals in a game. But the Lady Wolfpack rallied in the second half of Region 2-AAAA soccer final against Richmond Hill to win 4-2.

Failing to connect on a number of first-half chances while controlling the ball in the Lady Wildcats’ end, Greenbrier got the home crowd to its feet with 28:10 to play. In front of Richmond Hill’s net, Bay Daniel headed it home to cut the deficit to 2-1.

The score remained that way until 4:44, when a flurry of three goals in just under three minutes gave the Lady Wolfpack the win and region title.

“I was a little nervous, but we pulled it through. We always pull it through,” said Emily Ludwig, who scored the final goal. “Winning it (region) this year is a big deal for us and we really wanted it and that was our No. 1 goal.”

The team’s aggressiveness was one thing Lady Wolfpack head coach Wes Kendrick thought was key down the stretch.

“It was just the intensity they brought the last few minutes when we were down and they hadn’t been in that situation,” said Kendrick, who won his second girls region crown in three years. “They didn’t give up and kept getting after it. I knew we’d eventually score one and I didn’t expect us to get three in four and a half minutes.”

Late in the game, freshman Raven Rose fed Daniel in front, who headed it in for her second goal of the night, tying the score. Rose also assisted on Daniel’s first goal.

Just 44 seconds later, Daniel returned the favor with a long pass ahead to Rose, who was able to score the winning goal.

With just under two minutes to play, Carly Ray got the ball to Ludwig, who put the icing on the cake with a fourth goal of the night.

Entering the game, Greenbrier (17-0-1) had won 13 games by shutout, and were stunned early on when Sarah Goolsby’s header gave the Lady Wildcats a 1-0 lead at the 25:19 mark of the first half.

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