It didn’t take long for Greenbrier’s boys soccer team to drain all the drama out of its home-opener against Hephzibah.
With just over 2 minutes off the clock, the Wolfpack’s James Toombs blasted a shot into the lower-left corner of the Rebels’ goal and the rout was on, with the Wolfpack winning 10-0 on Wednesday night.
Lack of excitement wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for the Wolfpack (1-0-1), who had to score a game-tying goal in the final minute of their season-opener against South Aiken last week.
“We had trouble putting the ball in the back of the net against South Aiken,” said Wolfpack head coach Chip Warren.
“Tonight we did a good job of that.”
Reed Norton scored the lone goal against South Aiken, but ran the show for the Wolfpack on Wednesday and finished with three goals and two assists – all in the first half when the Rebels (0-2) surrendered nine goals.
“This gave us some confidence, especially after last week’s game where I thought we were tentative,” Norton said.
At the 30-minute mark and up 5-0 after goals by Norton, Taylor Peterson, Bradley Hodge and Khalid Maaouia, most of the starters took a seat until the 10-minute mark.
“We’ve got 22, 23 guys on the roster and we got to see everybody tonight,” Warren said. “You see what they do in practice every day, now it’s what do you see on the field?”
The score was still 5-0 when the starters took the field once more and it took just 50 seconds for Norton to lead a three-on-one breakaway and blast the ball past goalie Steven Cauthron for the 6-0 lead.
While under attack for the majority of the night, Cauthron finished with seven saves.
Logan Tihey, Norton and Luke Waechter added goals for the 9-0 halftime advantage.
Luke Dewyea ended the game at the 35-minute mark on a penalty kick.