Success for Brittaney Borror and the Greenbrier High School girls soccer team is achieved only with a giggle-free warm-up.
If the Wolfpack's focus is in the right place, Greenbrier has rolled. And the Wolfpack have rolled often this year.
They beat county foe Evans 10-0 last week and handled Lakeside during a preseason scrimmage. Greenbrier has won its first two region matches.
But when the giggles are there, as they were before a region match with Union Grove, the Wolfpack has found trouble.
Borror and the team's other seniors work to maintain focus. After falling behind 3-1 at Union Grove, the Wolfpack fought back for a 5-4 victory on the road.
Borror, a senior who signed with Georgia College and State University before the season, leads Greenbrier with 11 assists, more than twice the next highest total on the team. Her position in the midfield allows her to find open teammates. Bay Daniel and Alex Cohen are frequent targets.
"It's worked out pretty good, because they usually score," Borror said. "That's what it's all about. It's all about the team scoring, not me scoring."
Borror said the key is deciding what pass to make. Once she controls the ball she could hit a teammate running across or to the outside.
More often than not, she has chosen correctly. The satisfaction of connecting on a successful assist is that it contributes to the Wolfpack's goal of getting the win, Borror said.
First-year Greenbrier girls soccer coach Wes Kendrick said the Wolfpack's goal was first to sew up the Region 2-AAAAA title. Greenbrier faced little resistance a season ago and thought the path would be similar this season.
They learned it was different when Union Grove jumped led 3-1 late.
Cohen scored and Borror converted a penalty-kick equalizer. Union Grove moved back ahead by a goal before the Wolfack earned the victory with a late flurry.
The Wolfpack had not stuck to their giggle-free goal, Borror said.
"Not everybody on the team has a good game every time, so it's all about who shows up and how much they show up every game," Borror said.
The Wolfpack senior said it was difficult to remain serious with teammates for long. The girls sometimes meet before games and ride to the field with hazard lights flashing.
They might yell at each other to get fired up before games, a tactic often ending in laughter.
"It's not really a seniority thing," Borror said. "We're just all kind of together."
Borror has proven she can be the glue.
Kendrick said the Wolfpack standout has the ability to play anywhere on the field. He praised her ability to go strong all game.
Borror visited Georgia College and State for a soccer camp two years ago. She had decided as a freshman in high school she wanted to become a nurse anesthetist, and Georgia College offered the program she wanted. She signed with the school in February.
"She could have gone a lot of places," Kendrick said. "She's a diamond in the rough."
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