As the game clock crept its way down to zero, Greenbrier’s Gabby Meyering had a decision to make.
The Lady Wolfpack goalkeeper guessed right and stopped Evans’ Caroline Edmonds’ penalty shot with 10 seconds left, securing the team’s 3-2 win Wednesday night.
“It was good to redeem myself from the first two goals,” said Meyering, who said she was staring at Edmonds’ foot. “The team worked hard, and I didn’t want to mess that up.”
It was a triple win for the Lady Wolfpack in their season, home and region opener. The Lady Knights fell to 2-2, 0-1 in Region 2A-AAAAA.
Great teamwork produced the game-winning goal with 31:38 left in the game.
Emily Ludwig fed Katie Belser on the right side of the field. After taking it into the corner, she found Raven Rose in front. Rose blasted a rocket into the left corner past Evans goalie Katie Smith.
Despite the loss, Evans coach Kevin Musick said he liked the effort his team gave.
“I’m as proud of them as I’ve ever been; they never hung their heads,” Musick said.
Ashton Bowles and Ludwig scored the Lady Wolfpack’s first two goals off corner kicks. Stephanie Mixon and Bailee Munnerlyn scored for the Lady Knights.
Greenbrier also won the boys game, defeating Evans 1-0.
After losing key players from his 2012 state runner-up squad, Greenbrier boys coach Chip Wilkins was interested to see how the Wolfpack would respond against a talented opponent such as Evans (1-1, 0-1).
Greenbrier (2-1, 1-0) missed some chances in the first half, but with 27:39 to play, Logan Tihey took the corner kick from the left side and placed it perfectly to Michael Harris, who headed it home for the goal.
“I was in the right place at the right time,” Harris said of his shot. “It comes naturally after playing for such a long time.”
On a field best described as a bog, teams struggled with footing, but Greenbrier goalkeeper Thomas Rodenbaugh recorded six saves in the shutout.
Evans goalkeeper Jake Rizner helped keep his team in the game with eight saves.