Friday night's Greenbrier/Lakeside girls soccer match featured the 7th- and 8th-ranked teams in Class AAAA.
It was clear which team was which.
"This is one of those wins we can enjoy," Greenbrier coach Alex Heider said. "I was especially pleased with the way we finished."
Greenbrier dominated the field in a 5-0 win over its in-county region rival. After Greenbrier split the two games played against Lakeside last season, the Lady Wolfpack (3-1) lost 11 starting seniors. That left only two starting seniors on this season's team and plenty of questions entering Greenbrier's first game against a Class AAAA ranked opponent.
Four freshmen and three sophomores were among the Greenbrier starters.
"To be honest, I was a little worried at first," Greenbrier senior Keri Wright said. "With freshmen, it's hard to play varsity right out of middle school."
Last year's middle-schoolers turned into this year's Greenbrier varsity stars Friday. Freshman Elizabeth Zaffino scored the game's first goal less than three minutes into the first half. Sophomore Hillary Wilson added a goal of her own with less than 25 minutes left in the first half. A free kick just outside Lakeside's penalty box bounced off the crossbar, but Wilson was there for the put-back.
Heider said the stellar play from his younger girls was no surprise.
"The girls have played at a high level of soccer," he said. "They were overshadowed by last year's senior class. These are the same girls who went 10-0 last year on the JV team and outscored their opponents 59-0."
After Greenbrier took a 2-0 lead into halftime, the teams played even for most of the second half. The Lady Wolfpack broke the second-half stalemate with three goals in less than three minutes, beginning with a Wright score on a rebound off Lakeside's goalkeeper with 10 minutes left.
Freshman Alex Cohan added the fourth goal a minute later, and freshman Kelsey Waechter scored from 25 yards out with 7:11 left to take a 5-0 lead.
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