When the final horn sounded at the end of the GHSA Class AAAA girls soccer quarterfinal Saturday night, the Lady Wolfpack found themslves in an unusal position.
The Lady Wolfpack entered unbeaten in 20 contests with a 19-0-1 record. They couldn’t stem the Marist Lady War Eagles’ offensive onslaught, however, and saw their season come to a close with a 7-1 defeat.
Both teams entered as No. 1 seeds, Marist (18-1-2) from Region 6, and looked to be evenly matched. A Lady Wolfpack win would have brought the state semifinal to Wolf Den Stadium next week.
The Lady War Eagles jumped on top on a Mary Beth Bleekrode goal at 29:29, then stunned the Lady Wolfpack 19 seconds later with their second goal of the game.
“The first goal it shocked us a little bit,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Wes Kendrick. “We were so unorganized from the get-go at midfield and defensively.”
The Lady Wolfpack entered the game already down two starters with senior midfielder Carly Ray and senior defensive stalwart Nadia Maaouia out with injuries.
“She (Ray) has a big part in keeping everyone organized,” Kendrick said. “To be honest, when the girls found out this morning she was out, we looked like we were defeated already.”
Unable to mount any kind of serious offensive threat, the Lady Wolfpack saw the Lady War Eagles score two more times before the half for a 4-0 lead.
Marist was led by Bleekrode with three goals and Frances Mornado with two.
“It’s hard to predict a result and definitely Greenbrier is a quality team,” said Lady War Eagles coach Sergio Stadler. “We played very well and the girls are peaking at the right time and that’s what happens.”
Senior Bay Daniel made sure the Lady Wolfpack would not get shut out. She stole the ball in Marist’s end and blasted the ball home with 11:31 to play.
At the end, Kendrick was still appreciative of everything his team was able to accomplish during the year, including the Region 2-AAAA title.
“I’m definitely proud of the girls,” he said. “They had a great season, it’s just a rough way to go out.”