Originally created 03/16/05

Greenbrier girls conquer interstate rival



Tuesday's soccer match at the Brierpatch was much more than just a game between South Aiken and Greenbrier.

It was for state pride.

Both squads were ranked sixth in their respective Soccerinfo.com Class AAAA State Coaches polls.

After the game, it was Georgia that stood on top as the Wolfpack won, 4-2, over the Thoroughbreds.

Greenbrier (10-1-1) outplayed the Thoroughbreds (4-2) with three second-half goals to South Aiken's one.

Wolfpack junior Stephanie Fransoso scored in the 43rd minute on a left-footed shot across her body. Her kick went past the keeper and into the bottom right corner of the net to give Greenbrier a lead that it never surrendered.

Fransoso returned from a sprained ankle to add another goal in the 69th minute on a header off a crossing pass from Chelsea Mason.

"We have been playing really good soccer lately," Fransoso said. "We have really stepped it up, and we are winning against good teams."

Fransoso continues to add to her career total of 68 goals. She broke Nicki Gray's school record of 62 last week against Effingham County.

"Getting the record was nice," she said. "But winning games is the most important thing, and we have been doing that."

The Wolfpack have been on a roll, going unbeaten in eight games (7-0-1) over the past 12 days.

"It has been a tiring stretch," said Greenbrier coach Alex Heider. "We are happy to be back into a normal stretch of about one game a week starting next week."

- The Greenbrier and South Aiken boys tied 1-1 in the nightcap.

Greenbrier keeper Jonathan Shackleford came up big with 11 saves. The only Thoroughbred score came from Ian Quattlebaum early in the first half.

Rusty Allen scored the tying goal for Greenbrier in the 54th minute.