In consecutive games, the Greenbrier High soccer teams have defended their home turf against traditional region foes.
After beating Evans a week earlier, both Greenbrier teams took out Lakeside, winning 3-1 on Tuesday night. That they won by the same score isn’t surprising, as both teams are winning using roughly the same formula, using a deep bench to wear down opponents.
The Lady Wolfpack improved to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 2-AAAAA, coming from behind in both games, while the Wolfpack improved to 3-1 and 2-0.
The Lady Panthers (2-1. 1-1) struck first at 31:57 as Colby Canada took a quick shot from 20 yards out, finding the left side of the net.
The Lady Wolfpack answered as Madison Campbell directed a pass from the middle to Katie Belser, who had a step on her defender. From the right side, Belser was able to tie the game, sliding it by the keeper with 27:04 left in the half.
“The girls know if we keep playing we’re going to get some goals or at least get our chances,” head coach Wes Kendrick said. “We make mistakes and we did tonight and we gave up a goal. We’ve given up goals on our mistakes. Teams aren’t creating chances on their own against us.”
Ashton Bowles scored the Lady Wolfpack’s game-winner with 26:05 left in the game. Sydney Malleoi’s free kick from 15 yards out on the left side went straight to her and she headed it past Rachel Hardin inside the post for the game-winner.
“I just saw the person in front of me miss it and I went straight in for it,” Bowles said.
Bowles’ sister Ali then scored on a header with 8:31 to play after getting a pass from Natalie Thompson.
“We didn’t win the 50-50s, especially in the box and that was kind of the difference with two goals in the box that kind of went their way,” Lady Panthers head coach Nick Edmond said. “They wanted it a little more and it bounced their way.”
In the boys’ game, the Wolfpack jumped out to a 3-1 halftime lead and pressured the Panthers (3-1, 1-1) in the second half.
Greenbrier’s James Toombs couldn’t convert on a few chances early but kept attacking and finished with two goals on the night.
“It has actually been a pretty frustrating year for me,” said Toombs. “I haven’t been able to put the ball in the back of the net so I kind of took this game personal. … They were playing perfect balls to me. I had to finish it.”
After Alex Mejia put in Logan Tihey’s corner kick to give the Wolfpack a 2-0 lead, the Panthers had an opportunity to tie it with two penalty kicks in a 1½ minute span. Greenbrier goalie Thomas Rodenbaugh stoned Colby Ellis on the first attempt, but Eric Older would not be denied on the second as they climbed within 2-1 with 9:47 left in the half.
Panthers head coach Dave Morgan wasn’t sure that first penalty kick ultimately would have made a difference.
“It would have been 2-2 at that time, but honestly Greenbrier has a really good team and I think it was a fair result,” Morgan said.
After getting a pass from Michael Harris, who assisted on his first goal, Toombs used some fancy footwork to fend off a defender and rifled it past goalie Eric Preheim for a 3-1 lead with 2:38 left in the first half.
Wolfpack head coach Chip Warren likes what he’s seeing from his squad.
“We showed improvement from last week,” said Warren. “That’s always big to get two wins against those guys and defend your home turf, but now we’ve got to go over to their place and do the same thing.”