Both Greenbrier soccer teams punched their tickets to the 2012-2013 GHSA Class AAAAA State Soccer Tournaments Tuesday night.
Both teams entered as No. 1 seeds, facing No. 4 seeded Jones County in their respective Region 2-AAAAA tournament openers and each won with relative ease. The Wolfpack won 5-1 while the Lady Wolfpack won 10-0 in a mercy-rule shortened contest.
“It was a good first game in the region tournament, always good to get that one under your belt,” said Wolfpack coach Chip Warren.
The Wolfpack (10-2-3) will play Warner Robins next at home on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
The Wolfpack went 2-2-1 late in the year after the majority of the varsity was kicked off the team, but were 2-0-1 in their last three games. Freshman Myles Duncan, a junior varsity call-up, kept the Wolfpack headed in the right direction early, scoring the game’s first goal at 31:55 and scored the Wolfpack’s third goal.
Bryan Thompson assisted on Duncan’s second goal, then assisted on two Logan Tihey goals in the first half. Luke Dewyea scored on a penalty kick with 5:25 left in the first half and the Wolfpack took a 5-0 lead into the break.
Thompson said the Wolfpack have a little extra incentive now.
“A lot of us are just coming out to prove everyone wrong, basically, show them that we can still win,” Thompson said.
The Wolfpack didn’t score in the second half and Jones County was able to get a header off a corner kick into the net.
“I was really impressed with the first half,” Warren said. “It got kind of sloppy in the second half. We’re still getting used to playing with each other, playing a lot of different combinations and moving guys around,” said Warren, adding they that played 23 players in the game.
With a 12-day layoff, the Lady Wolfpack (8-4-2) looked sluggish early. They had numerous opportunities to score, but whiffed on crosses and open looks hit the crossbar or sailed wide.
“I think that has a little bit to do with this being our first game back from spring break,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Wes Kendrick, who thought his team played down to the level of their competition.
They finally broke through with 27:15 left in the first half when Sydney Maileoi found Katie Belser who broke through two defenders, walked in and found the back of the net.
By game’s end, Belser would lead the team with three goals, Alisa Williams and Kelly Azbell finished with two apiece while Allison Tribble, Madison Campbell and Raven Rose each had one.
The Lady Wolfpack will play their second-round game at home Friday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m.
In other region soccer play, both Evans squads advanced. The Knights beat Northside 4-1 while the Lady Knights beat Northside 3-0. The Lakeside girls also advanced after hammering Warner Robins 7-0 as Cassandra Wade scored five goals.