Kendrick excels with talent

Girls soccer coach of the year

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Near the end of the season, when junior varsity players had joined the varsity team for the playoffs, Wes Kendrick peered down the Greenbrier girls soccer bench and could not point to a girl who did not play club soccer.

All 28 players played club, or year-round, soccer, an indicator of the depth of talent Greenbrier had at its disposal.

"Plenty of talent, for sure," Kendrick said.

Kendrick, a first-year coach, is The Augusta Chronicle girls soccer coach of the year. The Wolfpack won their fourth consecutive region title, made the state quarterfinals for the fifth time in school history and took the top-ranked team in the state to penalty kicks before falling in the playoffs.

Kendrick took over the Wolfpack after longtime coach Alex Heider stepped aside. Kendrick had previously coached at the club level -- including with the Augusta Arsenal for the past three years -- and estimated he had already worked with 90 percent of the players he inherited at Greenbrier. He began helping Chip Warren with the school's boys team while he was playing at Georgia Perimeter College.

The Wolfpack finished the season 15-4-2, allowed a goal to only one team in Region 2-AAAAA and went 2-1 against rivals Lakeside and Evans.

Greenbrier's season ended with a Class AAAAA quarterfinal loss to Walton, which was 16-0-1 at the time and ranked first in the state's all-classification rankings.

Greenbrier earned its 13th regulation shutout of the season, but fell in penalty kicks 7-6.

Greenbrier will lose seven senior starters off this year's team, but will also move back to a Class AAAA region with Lakeside and Evans next year.

"We have plenty of talent, and that always helps," Kendrick said. "The girls worked hard. With the talent level we had, it was a good season."


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