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Greenbrier storms back to win Region 2-AAAA tournament title over Richmond Hill

Greenbrier 4, Richmond Hill 2

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Early in the second half of Tuesday’s Region 2-AAAA girls soccer championship game, the No. 1 seed Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack found themselves down 2-0 to Richmond Hill.

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Greenbrier's Emily Ludwig (right) celebrates with Carly Ray (center) and Katie Belser. Greenbrier will be the top seed in the state tournament.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
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Greenbrier's Emily Ludwig (right) celebrates with Carly Ray (center) and Katie Belser. Greenbrier will be the top seed in the state tournament.

It was a position the Lady Wolfpack had not faced all year.

However, a header by Bay Daniel cut the deficit to 2-1 with 28:10 left in the game, before a flurry of three goals in the final 4:44 gave Greenbrier the 4-2 win and the region title.

Wolfpack coach Wes Kendrick, who won his second girls region championship in three years, thought his team’s continued aggressiveness put them over the top.

“It was just the intensity they brought the last few minutes when we were down and they hadn’t been in that situation,” Kendrick said. “They didn’t give up and kept getting after it. I knew we’d eventually score one and I didn’t expect us to get three in four and a half minutes.”

The Lady Wolfpack (17-0-1) trailed 2-1 until the 4:44 mark when freshman Raven Rose fed senior Bay Daniel in front, who headed it in for the tying goal. Rose also assisted on Daniel’s first goal.

Just 44 seconds later, Daniel returned the favor with a long pass ahead to Rose who was able to beat the goalkeeper as well, scoring the winning goal.

“We just pass really well together,” Rose said of Daniel. “I knew we were behind and I put that little extra effort in so we’d get back and we did.”

With just under two minutes to play, Carly Ray got the ball to Emily Ludwig, who was able to put the icing on the cake with the team’s fourth goal of the night.

“Winning (region) this year is a big deal for us and we really wanted it and that was our No. 1 goal,” said Ludwig.

The Lady Wildcats (12-5), who reached the title game after wins over Evans and Lakeside, led 1-0 at the half and scored at the 38:34 mark of the second half on a Raechel Blitchington goal.

The Lady Wolfpack will play host to a first-round state playoff game a week from today.


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