Brie Haynes sees soccer games differently than most other players on the field.
The South Forsyth senior plays multiple positions during most games, so when head coach Tom Braun asked her to move from goalkeeper to forward in the second half against North Forsyth, she welcomed the opportunity to affect the game in a different way.
Haynes shut out the Lady Raiders in the first half and tallied two goals in the second, as the No. 7-ranked Lady War Eagles posted their highest point total of the season in a 4-1 victory on Wednesday at Raider Valley.
"It’s not that hard," Haynes said of switching positions in the middle of a game. "From just watching everything from back in the goal, I just get a feel for what the game’s like, and I just go and do it."
Haynes, who signed with Georgia State in February, was out of the net for less than a minute before providing the first goal of the game.
A defensive battle left the game scoreless at halftime, but the Lady War Eagles (6-1, 4-1) wasted no time getting on the board after the restart as Rachel Shah passed the ball to Haynes for a low kick past the keeper just 51 seconds into the second half.
Lochlain Corliss tied the game for North (2-5, 0-5) in the 47th minute when she dribbled between two defenders and fired a shot to the left side of the goal from 15 yards away, but the game didn’t stay even for long.
Junior forward Mackenzie Norton broke the tie with a shot to the right side of the goal in the 55th minute and forced North to begin taking more chances on offense.
The Lady Raiders managed only three shots on goal against keeper Hannah Goudy in the second half, and North head coach Dana Chapman felt her players wore down late in the contest.
"This is the first time that as a team we played at a high intensity level," Chapman said. "We lost some of our conditioning and just got tired around the field. We couldn’t really find a time to recover since it was back and [forth] down the field so much."
Shah put the game out of reach with 8:54 left on the clock as she ran free toward the North goal and beat the keeper. The Lady War Eagles added another insurance score two minutes later after a shot by Shah bounced off the crossbar and out to Haynes for an easy put-back.
"It was a very good game and North is a good squad, but our kids came back and rallied and played a very good last 20 minutes," Braun said. "We finally found the back of the net in the second half and that was a good feeling to get up by a couple of goals.
"We have two excellent goalkeepers and Brie has some field experience and we tried to let her run a little bit. So, we’re able to do that once in a while and it’s been working for us. … It was a great effort on her part."