Duo helps power Wolfpack in state soccer playoffs

Greenbrier's Luke Waechter (foreground) tries to keep the ball in play. He had a goal and two assists on Friday.

Reed Norton and Luke Waechter have known each other since they were 8 years old and have played together a long time.


On Friday night, it showed.

Waechter scored Greenbrier’s first goal of the game with an assist from Norton, then returned the favor, recording assists on two of Norton’s three goals as the Wolfpack beat Tucker 4-0 in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals.

“We can always find each other on the field and know where each other is at,” Norton said.

Early in the first half, Norton broke down defenders, found Waechter in front of the goal and he fired it in.

With just over five minutes to play in the half, Waechter chipped the ball over defenders to the waiting Norton, who blasted it for the second goal.

The top-seeded Wolfpack (19-1) advanced to the state semifinals, where they will face Starr’s Mill at home Tuesday.

“Every year that we’ve been here, we haven’t made it past the quarterfinals so that was a big goal for us,” Waechter said. “We had a great student section up there and we had a lot of fans and that definitely helps motivate us and pumps us up. So (playing at home Tuesday) will be a big deal for us.”

The Wolfpack equaled their largest margin of victory of the tournament against the Tigers (15-5-1), the No. 1 seed from Region 6-AAAA.

Tucker had a few good scoring attempts in the first half, but the Wolfpack defense shut down the Tigers for the final 50 minutes of the contest, and have yet to allow a goal in the state playoffs.

“We played sloppy in the beginning of the first half, but we brought it together and shut them out,” Greenbrier’s Adam Cundey said.

In the second half, Norton added a header with just over 29 minutes to play.

He then scored easily on a pass from Waechter with 2:07 to go.

“It looks like we’re peaking at the right time,” Wolfpack head coach Chip Warren said.