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Late scores put game away for Wolfpack

Posted: March 21, 2015 - 11:09pm
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Greenbrier's Alez Vazquez gets control of the ball in front of Lakeside's Austin Grubbs.
Greenbrier's Alez Vazquez gets control of the ball in front of Lakeside's Austin Grubbs.

It was a good night for the Woo brothers at Lakeside High Tuesday night as the Greenbrier soccer team continued to dominate its region foes.

Wolfpack senior Nick Woo got the scoring started in the first half and freshman Jacob Woo put the finishing touches on the game, scoring the final goal with 9:01 to play as they beat Lakeside, 3-1.

The Wolfpack (9-0, 6-0 Region 2-AAAAA) entered the contest not having allowed a goal in region play, so it looked good for them when Nick Woo blasted the ball into the net on a penalty kick with 19:20 to play in the first half.

Nick Woo said he went with a gut feeling on which way to put his laser into the net and was happy for his younger brother who was able to help salt the game away.

“I have confidence in him that when he gets out there he’s going to make the right decision, do the right thing,” Nick Woo said. “I knew if he got in that situation he’d put it in the back of the net.”

The Panthers (8-3, 3-2) got the equalizer at 37:55 of the second half on a Tabyus Robinson penalty kick into the upper left corner, and as time wound down, Greenbrier coach Graeme Connolly’s anxiety level went up.

“It was very uncomfortable, at that point I did not know if we had the guts to get ahead and finish the game,” said Connolly, who thought his team was a step slow for the first 40 minutes. “I’m very happy with the last 20 minutes because it showed some character.”

After a Greenbrier corner kick, the Panthers cleared the goal but not out and Jacob Vaiden got the back into the middle for 6-foot-4-inch leading scorer Mekhi Honore who headed the ball into the net for the game-winning goal with 16:54 to play.

“We needed a spark and I guess he gave us one at that point,” Connolly said.”

Lakeside coach Dave Morgan liked the effort his team gave and noted the problems Honore causes.

“I thought we played well with them for most of the game,” said Morgan, adding they were missing some players. “We were working so hard and just did not get the ball cleared and they were able to get the second cross in and we don’t have anyone physically to match up with Mekhi (Honore).”

Jacob Woo finished the scoring with 9:01 to play on a pass from Logan Tihey and got a brief trip up the field on his teammates’ shoulders.

“It felt really good, I felt like a part of the team,” said Woo of his first varsity goal.

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