Both Greenbrier soccer teams punched their tickets to the Class AAAAA Tournament on Tuesday night.
Both entered as No. 1 seeds, facing No. 4 seed Jones County in their Region 2-AAAAA Tournament openers and each won with relative ease. The Wolfpack won 5-1 while the Lady Wolfpack won 10-0 in a mercy-rule shortened contest.
“It was a good first game in the region tournament, always good to get that one under your belt,” boys coach Chip Warren said.
The Wolfpack (10-2-3) play Warner Robins at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Freshman Myles Duncan, a junior varsity call-up, kept Greenbrier headed in the right direction early, scoring the game’s first goal at 31:55 and the Wolfpack’s third goal.
Bryan Thompson assisted on Duncan’s second goal and assisted on two Logan Tihey goals in the first half. Luke Dewyea scored on a penalty kick with 5:25 left in the first half and the Wolfpack took a 5-0 lead over the Greyhounds into the break.
With a 12-day layoff, the Lady Wolfpack (8-4-2) looked sluggish early. They had numerous opportunities to score, but whiffed on crosses and open looks hit the crossbar or sailed wide.
“I think that has a little bit to do with this being our first game back from spring break,” said coach Wes Kendrick, who thought his team played down to the level of its competition.
The Lady Wolfpack finally broke through with 27:15 left in the first half when Sydney Maileoi hit Katie Belser who broke through two defenders, walked in and found the back of the net.
By game’s end, Belser led the team with three goals, Alisa Williams and Kelly Azbell finished with two apiece while Allison Tribble, Madison Campbell and Raven Rose each had one.
The Lady Wolfpack play their second-round game at home at 5:30 p.m. Friday