Greenbrier High School gets to play host to two games at the end of the Region 2-AAAAA soccer tournament, but one home game was all they were looking for.
The Lady Wolfpack beat Evans 3-1 Monday night, ensuring they would be the home team Tuesday night against crosstown rival Lakeside in the region championship game.
The boys team was hoping for a win against Warner Robins as well, meaning they would travel to Houston County for the region final. The Demons were too much for them to handle, however, as Wolfpack lost 4-1.
With the defeat, the Wolfpack (10-3-3) played host to Evans Tuesday to determine the region’s No. 3 and No. 4 seeds in the Class AAAAA boys state tournament that gets under way May 1.
The Lady Wolfpack came out firing, not taking the Lady Knights for granted even though they beat them twice in the regular season. The Lady Knights had advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 upset of Northside Warner Robins, but the No. 1 seed Lady Wolfpack ended their dreams of a region title with win.
“We’ve got to let the Evans game go, now it’s all Lakeside,” said Greenbrier’s Sydney Maileoi.
Greenbrier (8-4-2) beat Evans 4-0 on March 19 in which they controlled play the entire game.
It looked like Monday would be much the same as the Lady Wolfpack dominated the first half, taking a 3-0 lead, but the Lady Knights battled back in the second half.
It took until the 11-minute mark for Greenbrier’s Elizabeth Hamilton to score the game’s first goal as she tapped it in from 15 yards out. With six minutes left in the half, Natalie Thompson scored from the middle on a corner kick. Raven Rose was part of a four-on-one break and fired into the bottom left corner of the net for the 3-0 advantage with 1:05 left before the break.
“I think us having a 3-0 lead at half kind of made us come out down that second half,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Wes Kendrick.
The Lady Knights’ (6-7) Heather Mullen scored off a rebound to cut Greenbrier’s lead to 3-1 with just under eight minutes gone in the half, but that would be all they could muster.
Evans head coach Kevin Musick was impressed with the way his girls battled.
“We kind of hung our heads a little bit when they scored, but I believe we rebounded in the second half,” said Musick.
The Greenbrier boys were down 1-0 at halftime, but came out after the break and dominated the first 10 minutes and got themselves back in the game, scoring eight minutes in.
Drew Fransoso’s deep throw-in from near the left corner bounced to Bryan Thompson in front. Thompson’s shot was stopped by Demons’ goalie Cody Dees, but Michael Harris was there for the rebound and put it in for the tie.
The Demons’ (10-4-2) Matt Monday broke the tie at 23:56 then fed Nils Bremer for the team’s final two goals. Monday had three assists and a goal to his credit.
The Wolfpack had their chances, but were turned away time and again by Dees, who recorded six saves.