The Greenbrier girls soccer team got rocked back on their heels quickly Monday and couldn’t overcome an early deficit in the second round of the Georgia High School Association’s Class AAAAA state tournament.
On the opening kick, Starr’s Mill’s Molly Moroney passed ahead to Lauren Yoss who got behind the defense and scored just nine seconds into the game as the Lady Panthers won 3-1.
Starr’s Mill (15-5), the No. 4 seed from Region 4-AAAAA, stretched the lead out when Leslie Logan fought off a defender, spun and put the
ball in the lower left corner of the net for a 2-0 lead at
the 36:23 mark of the first half.
Before the Lady Wolfpack (10-6-2) knew it, they were down 3-0 after Yoss got a pass from her sister, Sarah, knocked down a defender and fired it in with 24:44 left in the half.
“Giving up three first half goals it’s tough to get back in it,” Lady Wolfpack head coach Wes Kendrick said. “Shoot, we had our chances. We hit the crossbar and we had a one-on-one with the keeper right there at the end and we had a few other really nice chances.”
After the Lady Wolfpack couldn’t convert two chances late in the half, Charlotte Rindt scored with 32 seconds left in the half, cutting the Lady Panthers lead to 3-1.
The goal didn’t translate into any offensive momentum in the second half, however.
With 21 minutes left a Greenbrier free kick from 20 yards out looked to go in but bounced off the crossbar. With 2 minutes left, Katie Belser found herself alone at the goal but Lady Panthers goalie Paige Betsill made a kick save to thwart her attempt.