As flurries go, Greenwood’s in the final 10 minutes was a doozy.
It was just too late.
Southside fended off nearly a dozen Bulldogs chances with time running short and, thanks to a pair of goals from Coady Wooten, beat Greenwood, 3-2, on Tuesday at Rowland Stadium.
Wooten had given the Rebels (2-0 7A/6A-Central) what looked like a healthy two-goal lead when he scored his second, a dazzler, in the 60th minute. Nine minutes later, they were scrambling.
A poorly-defended corner kick led to a Levi Alvarez goal with 11 minutes left. The kick appeared harmless when a deflection sent it 20-feet into the air. Neither team pounced to either attack or clear and the ball landed squarely at Alvarez’s feet and he tucked it home from about 10 yards as everyone stood motionless.
Southside crossed midfield just twice more with possession as Greenwood (1-1) sent a handful of shots toward net, though none crossed the goal line.
"We put it on them (in the final 10 minutes)," Greenwood coach Andrew Post said. "I think they were on their heels the last 10 minutes. Had some great chances, just couldn’t finish it. I take a lot of positives from this game."
Wooten’s game-winner was spectacular.
He played a diagonal ball from the left to the right with a light touch as he continued to run 30 yards from goal, about halfway between the sideline and the middle of the field. The touch found space and he spun while running to his right, planted and sent the ball across the ground to his left perfectly between the Greenwood goalkeeper and the post.
"Coady is a great player. We’ve just got to look to get the ball into his feet. Maybe play it off a little bit," Southside coach Jeremy Davis said. "Teams know him and they’re going to mark him tight."
Wooten’s two goals bookended Danny Ramirez’s as the Southside forward broke a 1-1 halftime tie when Hunter Means played the ball to him with light touch 25 yards from net.
Deon Alvarez tied the game in the 16th minute when he headed in a Greenwood inbounds pass from the touchline.
Both Davis and Post are in their first years as boys head coaches. Post had been a volunteer assistant at Greenwood the last six seasons and Davis was the Lady Rebels coach until this season. The two also coach the girls teams this season.
And after Tuesday, both had good reason for being bullish on their chances this season.
"I think we have a lot of heart, to go down 3-1 and battle back," Post said. "Any team that plays us should be scared of a team that doesn’t give up no matter what the score is."
Southside 2, Greenwood 0
GIRLS — Brandi Ulrich’s free-kick goal in the ninth minute held as the game-winner in the nightcap.
The Lady Rebels (2-0) controlled most of the play and allowed only a few Greenwood opportunities beyond midfield and none within attacking distance in the second half. Southside sent seven toward net in that time. The last of which was Ulrich’s second goal.
Greenwood’s (1-1) best chance came in the 68th minute when an early cross found the feet of an attacker 25 yards from goal. It was only momentary, as Southside cleanly picked it and cleared the attacking third.
"We try to win the middle of the field," Davis said. "We tried to put more people than they had in the middle of the field. Tonight it worked."
Ulrich scored her first on a left-footed curler from 23 yards into the top corner. Her second was all skill as she played a dual-touch, skirted a defender and was clean through from 19 yards.