With first place in sub-region 2A-AAAAA basically resting in the balance, the Greenbrier Wolfpack and Evans Knights soccer teams battled for the full 80 minutes.
The Wolfpack, ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAA, won 1-0 at home in the teams’ first meeting Feb. 27, and held a one-game advantage over the Knights entering Tuesday’s rematch at Evans. After falling behind 1-0 early, the Wolfpack stormed back and finished with the 4-2 win.
The Wolfpack ran their record to 7-0-2, 4-0 in the sub-region with two games to play while the Knights dropped to 5-3, 2-2.
“We got beat by a very good team,” said Knights head coach Brian Killips. “We take care of business we still get a home seed for the region playoffs which is what the goal is, a one or a two.”
With the game knotted at two at the break, the Wolfpack took control early in the second half. Scott Ball got the eventual game-winner as he blasted one home from 20 yards out at 38:40, then after Evans’ Jake Rizner made one of his 14 stops on a James Toombs attempt, Michael Montescleros was there for the rebound and his second goal of the night with 30:49 to play.
“We always talk about the first five minutes of the second half,” said Wolfpack head coach Chip Warren.
The Knights took a 1-0 lead on the first of Larry Beauchamp’s two goals 10 minutes into the game.
“It’s not a position we’re in a whole lot,” said Wilkins. “I loved the way the guys responded.”
Toombs headed in Logan Tihey’s corner kick to tie the game at 15:20. Montescleros scored his first goal three minutes later, controlling a pass from Ball, spinning and knocking it past Rizner.
“It was like a deflection, I was kind of surprised,” said Montescleros. “It got me pumped up.”
Beauchamp matched Montescleros’ effort with a beauty of his own with 5:40 to go in the half. He beat a defender on the right side of the goal, then put a low liner into the left corner past the diving goalkeeper.
“He uses his body very well and he’s accurate and deadly when he can turn on a kid,” Killips said.
The Lady Wolfpack strenghthened its hold on first place in the sub-region with a 4-0 win over the Lady Knights.
Raven Rose missed the Lady Wolfpack’s last three games in which they went 0-1-2. She was back in full force Tuesday night as she scored a goal and assisted on the rest as the Lady Wolfpack improved to 4-2-2, 4-0 Region 2-AAAAA.
“Raven is a big part of our offense, it’s good to have her back,” Kendrick said.
The Lady Wolfpack can clinch the region with a win over Lakeside on Tuesday, March 26.
“That’ll be a big game,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Wes Kendrick.
While controlling play from the start, the Lady Wolfpack didn’t score until 19:10. When the Evans defense couldn’t clear, Rose fed Charlotte Rindt who was 10 yards out in front of the net and she beat the goalie high left
“It felt pretty good that she scored off that,” said Rose, who got her goal and assists off throw-ins.
The Lady Knights (3-4, 1-3) were missing a few starters and were unable to get anything going offensively the majority of the night as Lady Wolfpack goalies were called on to make three routine saves.
It was a far cry from the 3-2 game the Lady Wolfpack held on to win in the teams’ first meeting.
“I don’t think we were near as aggressive as were were in the first game,” said Lady Knights head coach Kevin Musick.
With the game well in hand at 2-0, Emily Ludwig scored twice in the game’s final 4:39 for the final margin.