With two goals, Lakeside’s Eric Older helped give the Greenbrier Wolfpack their first losing streak in two seasons.
After the decimation of their roster with 18 players getting kicked off the team last week for drinking, the Wolfpack lost 4-0 to McIntosh on Saturday and 3-2 at Lakeside on Tuesday night.
Despite the loss, the Wolfpack (7-2-2, 4-1 Region 2A-AAAAA) clinched first place in the subregion since they hold the potential tiebreakers with one region game to play.
The Panthers improved to 9-2 and 3-2 with the win.
“I wasn’t very happy with our intensity today,” Panthers head coach Dave Morgan said. “I knew Greenbrier was having a real emotional week and everything and they would come out to play and they have plenty of good soccer players over there. … We picked that (intensity) up in the second half and that helped.”
Older broke a scoreless tie with a low liner to the left corner from 18 yards out, driving the ball around a Wolfpack wall on a free kick with 32:33 to play. After Michael Harris tied the game on a penalty kick six minutes later, Older put the Panthers back on top as he beat two defenders in the middle of the field and blasted it past the Wolfpack’s freshman keeper.
Ben Tran scored with 14 minutes left to make it 3-1, but Logan Tihey got the Wolfpack to within 3-2 with 11:12 to go.
“We had to put them in the fire last Saturday, and they got a little experience playing a really good team then,” said Greenbrier coach Chip Warren, who now has 11 freshman on the roster. “They came up big on the big stage tonight as well.”
In the girls match, Cassandra Wade’s goal with 20:50 to play gave the Lady Panthers the 1-0 win. The win pulled the Lady Panthers
(8-1-1, 4-1 Region 2A-AAAAA) into a first place tie in the subregion with the Lady Wolfpack (4-4-2, 4-1). Greenbrier owns the tiebreaker.