Originally created 02/22/06

'Pack bounce back in victory

Three days after falling to AAAA No. 1 Marist, the Greenbrier girl's soccer team bounced back Tuesday night for a 2-0 home win over rival Lakeside.

The win, Greenbrier's second of the year, came just after Tuesday's state rankings showed the Lady Wolfpack had dropped one spot in the poll to No. 7.

"There's no telling how we could have come out tonight after losing to Marist Saturday," Greenbrier coach Alex Heider said. "I'm satisfied with the effort."

Playing without injured starter Stephanie Fransoso, Greenbrier struck early with a goal in the game's seventh minute.

Senior Amanda Ness took a cross from junior Keri Wright for the score and a 1-0 lead. The assist was the first of two for Wright on Tuesday.

"We approached the game from a defensive mind-set instead of playing our game, and I think that hurt us," Lakeside coach Chris Newman said. "We didn't get a whole lot of chances to score, and when we did their counterattack was unbelievable."

Both Lady Wolfpack goals came on the counterattack.

Senior Jennifer Dye snuck a shot into the bottom right corner of the net late in the second half to lengthen the Greenbrier lead.

Despite giving up the two goals, Lakeside senior keeper Emily Brandenburg made 14 saves on the night and was congratulated on her performance by her teammates after the game.

"It was one of the best keeping efforts I've seen in a long time," Heider said. "She kept them in the game."

In the final minutes of the first half, Lakeside's Ashley Wray went down with an injured knee. Although the junior wasn't certain of the extent of her injury, the initial diagnosis wasn't a positive one.

"I know the trainer said it's possibly a torn or sprained MCL which means she could be out 3-4 weeks," Newman said. "She's a key part of our offense."

The loss to Greenbrier is the first of the year for the Lady Panthers.

Although the Lady Wolfpack don't get a victory in Region 2-AAAA out of the win, they do improve their record to 2-1.

Wright said the victory means much more than just another nonregion win. It also means bragging rights.

"It's still a big game because it's Lakeside," she said. "You always want to beat them."

The two teams will meet once more this year in the final match of the regular season, April 20 at Lakeside.

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 863-6165 or billy.byler@augustachronicle.com.


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