The only scoring on the Greenbrier-Wesleyan soccer match Friday evening came in the opening minutes of each half as the Lady Wolfpack defeated the Wolves 2-1.
Greenbrier's Mary Law heads the ball over Wesleyan's Chloe Kelly Saturday at Greenbrier High School.
Photo by Chris Thelen
Less than 30 seconds into the first half, Wesleyan's Sarah Prehmus notched the Lady Wolves' (1-2) only goal of the match. It was one of only a handful of times that the Wolves penetrated the Greenbrier half of the field.
The Lady Pack (3-1) kept control of the ball throughout much of the match, but couldn't find the net in the first half. Greenbrier girls registered nine shots on goal in the opening half, but more times than not the ball found its way into the faded grass behind the visiting goal than in the hands of Wolves keeper Tiffany Nichols.
After that many chances to score and nothing to show for it, it would have been easy for the Lady Wolfpack to go into halftime depressed. But that's not her team's style, Lady Pack assistant coach Leslie Dial said.
"I wasn't worried about their morale," Dial said. "These girls are really good at motivating each other in a positive way."
The strong mental attitude paid off in the second half.
Two minutes into the closing half, Greenbrier's Brooke Weinstein, from 20 yards out, kicked the ball over the heads of Wesleyan defenders and caught the net just below the crossbar.
One and a half minutes later, Weinstein rainbowed a shot toward the Wolves goal to a waiting forward Stephanie Fransoso, who punched it in for the go-ahead goal.
"We had to calm down, shoot for the frame and not take so many wild shots," Fransoso said about her team's ability to come back.
"Even though we were down by one, we didn't let it bother us," Weinstein said. "We just had to keep our intensity."
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