In the second round of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state boys soccer tournament Tuesday, the Greenbrier High School Wolfpack turned in one of their most dominant games of the year.
While controlling play against Bainbridge from the start, Greenbrier led just 1-0 at halftime. Chances that slipped by the wayside in the first half were converted in the second half, however, and the Wolfpack (13-1) advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-0 whitewash.
“We’re a team that likes to defend and we like to get forward,” said Logan Tihey. “Our only downfall is we don’t always finish and tonight we finished our opportunities well.”
On a night with temperatures in the mid-80s throughout and a possible game on Friday, coach Graeme Connolly got quality minutes from his roster.
“We were very conscious today of the conditions,” said Connolly. “I knew we matched up quite well with them and we needed to make sure we kept everybody fresh and gave some of the guys who haven’t had a lot of minutes a chance to contribute and I think it worked out very, very well.”
While the reserves played well, the starters also made their mark and Taylor Peterson got the Wolfpack on the board at the 26:12 mark. He got a good look and launched a rocket from the left of the goal, 30 yards out. It sailed over the outstretched arms of the Bearcats’ goalkeeper into the upper right side of the net.
“I just looked up and he was off his line and so it was worth a shot,” said Peterson. “Coach always says shoot it, so that’s what I did.”
Tihey helped keep the pressure on after Peterson’s goal with crosses in front of the goal and shots on goal, but Bearcats’ (13-3-1) goalie Dominique Douglas was able to keep the game close with tough saves. Douglas finished with 14 saves before coming out late in the contest.
“In the first half we missed a couple of good chances but we didn’t look like we were ever in any danger defensively,” Connolly said. “I said to the boys at halftime, if we can get two, we can get four or five and that’s how it panned out.”
With Jacob Vaiden spelling Tihey, he worked the ball in deep and his cross resulted in a penalty in the box early in the second half. Mason Vaughan calmly tapped the penalty kick into the right side at 31:40, giving the Wolfpack a 2-0 advantage.
Tihey made the most of his minutes when he came back in, scoring twice. His first was a thing of beauty. Nick Woo slid him the ball past a defender, hitting him in stride and Tihey converted the chance for a 3-0 lead with 24:52 left.
Daniel Pyun scored the Wolfpack’s fourth goal, Tihey scored again and Malik Sherman added a final goal with just over nine minutes left in the contest.
Goals: Greenbrier-Taylor Peterson, Mason Vaughan, Logan Tihey (2). Daniel Pyun, Malik Sherman. Assist: Greenbrier-Nick Woo, Scott Ball, Peterson. Goalkeepers: Bainbridge Dominique Douglas (14), Spencer Shreves (0); Greenbrier-Connor Washer (1), Josh Shapiro (0).
Records: Bainbridge 13-3-1; Greenbrier 13-1.