WC soccer splits in season openers

Published 8:00 am Sunday, November 5, 2017

Warren Central’s boys soccer team went 1-for-2 Saturday in its season-opening classic games against Germantown and Pearl.

Braylen Greer had two goals and an assist as the Vikings beat Pearl 3-1. Greer scored in the 21st minute, and then again on a header off a free kick by Sean Dixon early in the second half.

Greer’s second goal was part of a quick one-two punch. Josh Griffen had scored about three minutes earlier to give the Vikings two goals in the first five minutes of the second half.

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The victory over Pearl salvaged the day, as well. Germantown took advantage of a depleted WC lineup to win 3-1 in the first game of the day. Warren Central was missing four starters due to commitments to other sports or for personal reasons, and replaced them with two sophomores, a freshman and an eighth-grader making their first varsity starts.

Dixon scored WC’s only goal, off an assist from Greer. Alex Barker had a goal and an assist for Germantown.

The classic games feature 30-minute halves, rather than the usual 40.

Warren Central will play its first full game of the season next Saturday at the Laurel Tournament. The first four non-tournament games are also on the road, and the Vikings will not play a home game until Dec. 2 against Vicksburg.