It was a lonely night for the Greenbrier High School goalkeepers Tuesday when the soccer teams played host to Grovetown.
After the Lady Wolfpack finished a 9-0 rout of the Lady Warriors, the boys blanked Grovetown 5-0.
The wins kept both teams perfect at 3-0 as they made it through the first of two rounds of subregion play unscathed.
Lady Wolfpack head coach Wes Kendrick knows his team still has a lot of work ahead of them if they want to secure a No. 1 seed heading into the Region 2-AAAAA tournament.
“It’s good we’re 3-0 in our region, but we still have to win the next two games against Evans and Lakeside,” said Kendrick. “Those games are as big as the ones we’ve played.”
Leading 5-0 at halftime, the Lady Wolfpack came out with a vengeance in the opening minutes of the second half, scoring on their first three shots. Kelly Azbell fed Natalie Thompson for the second of her two goals just 21 seconds in, Jessi Wright got an assist from Ashton Bowles, scoring at 38:32 and with a defender riding her hip, Azbell scored her second goal of the night beating the keeper just inside the near post at 35:26.
“At halftime I told them they had 10 minutes to play and they scored two early and I got them out of there,” said Kendrick of his starters.
While Bowles scored the first goal of the game five 1/2 minutes in on a header, it took nearly 14 more minutes before they scored again. They missed some scoring opportunities and Lady Warriors’ keeper Ginta Jenkins made several saves, including a couple from point-blank range.
Jenkins kept the Lady Warriors (2-5, 0-3) relatively close as she made 17 saves.
Bowles would join Azbell and Thompson with two goals while Madison Campbell and Madi McArthur chipped in with one apiece as well.
Like the girls’ game, the Wolfpack played the majority of the night on the Warriors (1-4, 0-3) side of the field. Once they scored on a Myles Duncan rebound of a Logan Tihey shot from in front at the 12:48 mark of the first half, that was basically it.
“We look strong defensively,” said Wolfpack head coach Graeme Connolly, noting that the team has given up just one goal in three games. “If you don’t let in goals, you win games.”
Duncan and fellow sophomore Mekhi Honore gave the team the offensive spark off the bench that Connolly was looking for.
Connolly brought the pair up from JV on Tuesday and they responded.
Honore scored twice and Duncan added his goal and an assist on the Wolfpack’s final goal of the night.
“In a few games we’ve been lacking a finisher,” said Connolly, whose team was without the services of injured senior Taylor Peterson.
“We’ve been creating a lot of chances but converting very, very few.”
Connolly said it was the same for about a half hour until he inserted the pair.
“Once we got the guys in there it was a pleasant change,” Connolly said.
Honore scored off a cross from Bryan Thompson to make it 2-0 at 5:46 then beat two defenders, heading the ball to himself and blasted one into the net for a 3-0 lead heading into the break.
The Warriors (1-4, 0-3) surrendered second-half goals to Nick Woo and Tihey for the final tally. Warriors’ goalie Maddox Burdeshaw finished the night with 11 saves.
“We’re working hard, getting better every night, and as a coach that’s all I can ask for,” said Warriors’ head coach Bill Madigan. “The effort was there, we didn’t back down and they’re (Greenbrier) an outstanding soccer team.”