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Lady Wolfpack back in region winners' circle

Posted: April 25, 2015 - 11:13pm
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Evans' Hannah Davall (left) and Greenbrier's Cici Capps collide during their playoff game at Blanchard Woods Park on April 20, 2015. Photo by Jim Blaylock  Evans' Hannah Davall (left) and Greenbrier's Cici Capps collide during their playoff game at Blanchard Woods Park on April 20, 2015. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Evans' Hannah Davall (left) and Greenbrier's Cici Capps collide during their playoff game at Blanchard Woods Park on April 20, 2015. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Evans' Hannah Davall (left) and Greenbrier's Cici Capps collide during their playoff game at Blanchard Woods Park on April 20, 2015. Photo by Jim Blaylock

For Greenbrier senior center-back Raven Rose, Tuesday night was three years in the making.

In her four years with the Lady Wolfpack soccer squad, the team has lost two region championship games and won two, including their 2-0 win over rival Evans at Blanchard Woods Park for the Region 2-AAAAA title on Tuesday.

“I am absolutely ecstatic because freshman year we won it and as a freshman that was awesome for me,” said Rose, who coach Wes Kendrick thinks should be the region player of the year. “Then we lost it two years in a row, and that was devastating since we won the first one. To win this in my senior year – absolutely amazing!”

The Lady Wolfpack will enter the state Class AAAAA tournament as a No. 1 seed and play host to the No. 4 team from Region 1 on Tuesday.

Evans’ senior Hannah Davall was proud of her team and upbeat about its chances as the postseason continues.

“In the four years I’ve played soccer here I never made it to region (championship),” said Davall. “I’m just glad I had the opportunity to play. I think we have a chance of winning some games at state so I’m excited to play.”

The matchup between the two best teams in the region looked to be a good one coming in with the teams having split the regular season series. The Lady Wolfpack (14-3) won the first meeting 2-1 and had won five of their last six, having lost the second meeting with the Lady Knights 1-0 on penalty kicks on April 1. The Lady Knights (13-4) came in riding a nine-game winning streak.

The Lady Wolfpack’s game plan was simple.

“We knew from the get-go we didn’t want Evans hanging around,” Kendrick said. “We were definitely trying to score early and often. We created great chances.”

While they created those chances, their efforts were futile early on as they couldn’t find the back of the net. Crosses in front would just miss their intended targets or shots would go wide. Natalie Thompson had a 1 on 1 with Evans goalkeeper Jasmine Cole at 16:11, but her shot was wide left as she fell to her knees holding her head.

With just over four minutes remaining in the half, freshman Dejah Holman, who had missed an earlier opportunity, would not be denied. She broke free down the middle, again putting Cole in a 1-on-1 situation before finding the left corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead.

“Evans was spread out a lot so we always had open space for through balls to me and Carina (Layug) and once they found us we had opportunities to finish,” Holman said.

Greenbrier’s Julia Vaughan gave the Lady Wolfpack breathing room early in the second half. She created a turnover deep in the Lady Knights’ end and scored with 35:38 left in the game.

The Lady Knights, who will play host to Northside-Columbus at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the opening round of the state tournament as a No. 2 seed, impressed coach Kevin Musick with their tenacity.

“The girls, they never quit, they kept their heads up and played hard and that’s all I can ask of them,” said Musick, who thought both teams would do well in the upcoming state tournament.

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