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Greenbrier girls blank Lambert to advance in Class AAAA playoffs

Greenbrier 2, Lambert 0

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When Greenbrier’s Bay Daniel scores a goal, she is usually cool and collected and gets ready for play to resume.

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Greenbrier's Bay Daniel looks down field as Lambert's Bailey Frederking falls down. Daniel had a goal and an assist in the win.
Greenbrier's Bay Daniel looks down field as Lambert's Bailey Frederking falls down. Daniel had a goal and an assist in the win.

Not Wednesday night when the Lady Wolfpack played host to Lambert.

After scoring the game’s first goal, Daniel, the 2012 Region 2-AAAA girls soccer player of the year, sprinted from the
goalie box to almost midfield in celebration before being corralled by her teammates.

After that goal with 23:02 left in the game, the Lady Wolfpack (19-0-1) tacked on a late goal from Brooke Christensen and won 2-0, advancing to the third round of the Class AAAA state tournament.

“That was a hard game and it felt so good, I had to show a little something,” said Daniel, who left-footed a rocket from just outside the goal box into the bottom right corner of the net.

While play was in Lambert’s end for the majority of the game, the Longhorns (14-4-2)
started applying pressure late in the second half and forced Lady Wolfpack goalie
Whitney Roberts to step up her game.

With seven minutes to play, Roberts made a huge stop. With the ball in front and a Lady Longhorn fast approching, Roberts came out of the net, slid and kicked the ball out of bounds. With a chance to regroup, the Lady Wolfpack defense didn’t allow another opportunity.

“I just tried to cut off the angle and space and tried to put my body in front of it,” said Roberts.

Lady Wolfpack head coach Wes Kendrick knew it was a huge moment.

“That was the biggest save of the year, no doubt,” said the 2012 Region 2-AAAA girls coach of the year.

With 2:49 to go, Daniel crossed the ball from the left side to the middle. Christensen beat the defender to the ball and easily deposited it for the clincher.

Greenbrier will play host to Marist, a 2-1
winner over Starr’s Mill, on Saturday with the winner advancing to the final four.

RAIN POSTPONES GAMES

Cross Creek’s baseball team’s Wednesday doubleheader at home against LaGrange in the second round of the GHSA Class AAA state playoffs was postponed because of rain. The games were rescheduled for 2 p.m. today.

If the teams split the doubleheader, the deciding game will be at 2 p.m. Friday, also at Cross Creek.

Rain also postponed the start of Greenbrier’s baseball series with South Forsyth.

The schools will begin their Class AAAA second-round series with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. today. Game 3, if necessary, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday.

– From staff reports


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