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Greenbrier's Norton brings strong play, leadership

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There was a joke on the Greenbrier boys soccer team that Reed Norton did nothing wrong.

Greenbrier's Reed Norton scored 29 goals and recorded 26 assists in leading his team to the final of the Class AAAA state playoffs. "It's like having another coach on the field for us," Wolfpack coach Chip Warren said.  JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
Greenbrier's Reed Norton scored 29 goals and recorded 26 assists in leading his team to the final of the Class AAAA state playoffs. "It's like having another coach on the field for us," Wolfpack coach Chip Warren said.

With his 29 goals, 26 assists and strong leadership headlining a team that reached the Class AAAA state final, it’s easy to see why.

For all his success, Norton is The Augusta Chronicle’s boys soccer player of the year.

“Our team was really confident in everything we did and we all got along well,” he said. “Any team that
can do those two things will be hard to stop.”

The Wolfpack went 20-2-1 in Nor­ton’s senior year, one season after he was selected to train with the U.S. U-17 National Team.

He missed his junior season of high school for the opportunity, but the experience proved to him that he had a budding career. Norton was back with the Wolfpack this season for a final run, using his strong first and second touches to gain control.

Greenbrier coach Chip Warren knew Norton would be a great player after seeing him as a freshman. Norton started his first year, playing defense.

At the time, it was easy to compare Norton to his older brother, Hunter. As sons of former Georgia Southern soccer coach Tom Norton – now the Augus­ta Prep girls soccer coach – the two were good leaders, though Norton was a little more vocal.

“He’s very cerebral,” Warren said. “He knows what’s going on out there. It’s like having another coach on the field for us.”

The two brothers will be wearing the same uniforms again soon, as Norton is heading to Georgia Sou­thern to play alongside Hunter for former Aquinas coach Kevin Ken­nedy.

Norton said he was recruited as an athlete, meaning it’s possible he could play anywhere, including left back, center back, defensive midfielder, attacking midfielder or forward.

Though Norton’s future position isn’t be finalized, his high school coach knows what he’s capable of doing for a squad.

“When it came down to it, the guys knew he was the go-to guy,” Warren said. “He was there for us and would make good things happen.”

ALL-AREA SERIES

SUNDAY: Girls soccer

TODAY: Boys soccer

TUESDAY: Track (boys and girls)

WEDNESDAY: Golf (boys and girls)

THURSDAY: Lacrosse (boys and girls)

FRIDAY: Tennis (boys and girls)

SATURDAY: Softball

JUNE 10: Baseball


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