Greenbrier’s James Toombs stayed on his back and waited an extra beat to get up after his one-on-one attempt went awry 13 minutes into Tuesday’s game.
Toombs didn’t agonize much after that as he scored two first-half goals and the Wolfpack went on to the 3-1.
“James’ speed really took over in a couple of spots there,” Wolfpack head coach Chip Warren said.
After Alex Mejia put in Logan Tihey’s corner kick to give the Wolfpack (3-1, 2-0 Region 2-AAAAA) a 2-0 lead, the Panthers (3-1, 1-1) had an opportunity to tie it with two penalty kicks in a 11/2-minute span. Greenbrier goalie Thomas Rodenbaugh stoned Colby Ellis on the first attempt, but Eric Older scored on the second as they climbed within 2-1 with 9:47 left in the half.
After getting a pass from Michael Harris, who assisted on his first goal, Toombs used some fancy footwork to fend off a defender and rifled it past goalie Eric Preheim for a 3-1 lead with 2:38 left in the first half.
Preheim finished with 12 saves, seven coming in the second half. Rodenbaugh finished with six saves, but wasn’t challenged for most of the night.
Sisters Ashton and Ali Bowles scored the game-winning and insurance goals, respectively, on second-half headers as the Lady Wolfpack (2-0, 2-0) downed the Lady Panthers 3-1.
Ashton Bowles scored with 26:05 left in the game. Sydney Malleoi’s free kick from 15 yards out on the left side went straight to Bowles who headed it past Rachel Hardin inside the post for the game-winner. Ali Bowles scored with 8:31 to play to all but end it.
“I just saw the person in front of me miss it and I went straight in for it,” Ashton Bowles said.
The Lady Panthers (2-1, 1-1) struck first at 31:57 as Colby Canada took a quick shot from 20 yards out on the right side finding the left side of the net.
The Lady Wolfpack answered when Madison Campbell directed a pass from the middle to Katie Belser. From the right side of the net, Belser was able to slide it by the keeper in the bottom left.