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Greenbrier soccer team advances after soggy win

Posted: April 22, 2014 - 11:05pm
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Greenbrier's Scott Ball attempts to kick the ball past Warner Robins' Mazhye Burchall. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Greenbrier's Scott Ball attempts to kick the ball past Warner Robins' Mazhye Burchall. Photo by Jim Blaylock

On a Friday night that saw most of the area’s scheduled competition postponed, the Greenbrier High School Wolfpack slogged their way through a driving rain to earn a spot in the Region 2-AAAAA boys soccer tournament title game.

With the score tied at one against Warner Robins, Taylor Peterson’s free kick from 35 yards out on the left sideline found its way through traffic to sophomore Mekhi Honore. Honore launched it past the goalkeeper from eight yards out just inside the right goalpost for the game-winner with 6:49 to play.

The sophomore Honore was playing center-mid instead of his usual striker position and listened to his teammates’ advice.

“They told me to get the through balls and not the headers and I got that one chance and I scored,” Honore said.

The win set a matchup of subregion No. 1 seeds with the Wolfpack (10-1, 8-0 region) playing host to Houston County (14-1, 7-1) today. The Bears advanced with a 5-3 win over Evans (10-4, 5-3) on Thursday. Evans was set to face Warner Robins in the three-four seed game.

While the Wolfpack controlled play in Warner Robins’ end for the majority of the game, the Demons (9-5, 6-2) weren’t finished attacking. With 4:15 to play, a Demons corner kick made it in front of the net and a header seemed destined for the back of the net until Connor Washer made the last of his five saves, diving to tip it just wide of the goal.

The Wolfpack couldn’t connect on several good chances in the first half and the Demons went up 1-0 at 14:21 on a Connor Shaw goal. While they hadn’t scored by halftime, Wolfpack coach Graeme Connolly wanted his team to keep doing what they were doing.

“I just told the boys to continue doing what you were doing and I think we would convert some of our chances, and we did,” said Connolly, who called Warner Robins a good team.

The Wolfpack got the equalizer when Luke Dewyea chipped the ball to Thompson, who jumped and controlled the ball in the air with his foot, splitting two defenders and beating the goalie on a one-on-one opportunity.

“They had three in back so it was open for me to run, the ball went through and I knew I had a chance, capitalized on it and scored,” said Thompson.

The Greenbrier girls game against Evans was rained out Friday night and was slated to be played Monday night. The winner would then face reigning region champion Lakeside (11-3, 6-2), tonight.

Goals:Warner Robins-Connor Shaw; Greenbrier-Bryan Thompson, Mekhi Honore. Assist: Greenbrier-Daniel Dickerson, Taylor Peterson. Goalkeepers: Warner Robins-Cody Dees (6); Greenbrier-Connor Washer (5).

GREENBRIER 2, WARNER ROBINS 1

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