Greenbrier High School has five state baseball titles, so it is no wonder the program is known more for its baseball rather than girls soccer. While the baseball program deserves all the accolades it has received, the soccer program deserves some publicity, too.
The Wolfpack girls soccer program has compiled a record of 116-33-8 since 2002, and has captured region titles in five of the past seven seasons.
Last spring, Greenbrier reached new heights by advancing to the AAAAA Final Four for the first time in school history. Greenbrier had made three consecutive Elite Eight appearances from 2003-05, but finally broke through to the state semi-finals a year ago. The squad finished 14-5-1 and ranked No. 5 in the final AAAAA poll.
With a talented group of returning players, there is plenty of reason for excitement, as Greenbrier gets set to open the 2010 season Tuesday on the road against Greater Atlanta Christian.
Leading the way for the 'Pack is senior forward Alex Cohen, a first team all-area performer last season. On Wednesday, she signed with USC Aiken. Her signing gave the 'Pack four senior signees this year. She also became the 22nd Greenbrier girls soccer player to earn a scholarship since 1998.
Cohen has a chance to rewrite much of the 'Pack record books this season. Last year, she led the team with 22 goals, including a school-record eight goals in one game. She also tied for the team lead in assists with 14. Those numbers gave her 58 goals and 40 assists for her career entering her final season. She is fourth on the school's all-time goals list, and is only five goals away from second place. Stephanie Fransoso holds the record with 113 career goals.
While the goals mark might be out of reach, Cohen should have no trouble toppling Fransoso as the school's all-time assist leader. She needs just two assists to claim the top spot in 'Pack history.
Joining Cohen in Greenbrier's quest to win a AAAAA title is Brittany Borror. She will play in college at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. Borror had 14 assists last season to tie Cohen for the team lead. She is also sixth on the school's career assist list.
Riley Marschalk and Kelsey Waechter also signed to play at the next level. Marschalk will play at Nicholls State, while Waechter will suit up for South Florida. Waechter was a second-team All-County performer and honorable mention All-Area last season.
Talented goalkeeper Paige Eber is also returning. Eber was outstanding down the stretch last season. She earned All-County honors and was a second team All-Area choice in 2009.
With senior leadership and several up-and-coming young players, the wins should pile up for Greenbrier this season.