In an intense battle between region soccer rivals, the first contest went to Greenbrier.
The visiting Wolfpack swept Lakeside on Tuesday night, the boys winning 3-0 while the girls triumphed 5-2.
“For our first region game it’s good to get off on the right foot,” said Wolfpack coach Chip Warren, whose team improved to 2-0-1 overall, 1-0 in Region 2-AAAA.
Though early in the season, it was a big game for both teams.
“Anytime Lakeside and Greenbrier play it’s a big game,” said Panthers coach Dave Morgan. “Even if it’s not a region game, it’s a big game.”
Warren and Morgan showed their passion with a fiery exchange at the midfield sideline after Greenbrier goalie Zack Maxwell and Lakeside’s Chris Hall ran into each other.
“You’ve got to let them know you’ve got their back,” Warren said. “It looked like their guy was going after our keeper.”
Morgan called the incident a non-event after the game.
Moments later, Reed Norton blasted a shot into the left corner of the net to give the Wolfpack the lead at 16:25 of the first half.
Norton then fed James Toombs, who scored with 1:50 left in the half to put Greenbrier up 2-0. Early in the second half, Norton again found Toombs, who recorded his second goal for the game’s final score.
The Panthers (3-1-1, 0-1) were shorthanded with two defenders injured and freshman Phillip Tran on his way to England for a tryout with a club team.
“We had some guys out and we had to change our formations a little bit,” Morgan said of his team’s inability to get much going on the offensive side of the ball.
Wolfpack goalie Zach Maxwell had to record just three saves while Christopher Preheim had 13 for the Panthers.
In the girls game, the Lady Wolfpack remained perfect (2-0, 1-0 Region 2-AAAA) after breaking open a 1-1 game at halftime with three goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half. They missed a number of good opportunities to break the game open early, but ultimately Bay Daniel took over in the second half.
After a Lady Panthers turnover, Daniel drew the goalie out and placed the ball perfectly in the right corner of the net for a 2-1 lead. After an Emily Ludwig rebound of a Daniel shot for a 3-1 lead, Daniel got the ball from Ashton Bowles after another turnover and scored her second goal of the night. She recorded her second assist as well on Katie Belser’s goal.
“She’s a level above everybody on the field and it showed,” Lady Wolfpack coach Wes Kendrick said of his senior. “Hopefully she can keep it up and stay healthy.”
Cassandra Wade notched both goals for the Lady Panthers (2-1, 0-1), the first tying the game at 1 with 21:45 left in the first half. The second came with just over 23 minutes to play when she got a pass from Tessa Geyer and put it past the goalie, cutting the team’s deficit to 4-2.
“We came out in the second half and just got outplayed,” said Lady Panthers coach Nick Edmond. “Tonight they were a better team than us.”