Jamie Alexander needs just a little space. That, and the ball.
After a slow start, Augusta Prep took over as three of Alexander’s teammates had perfect passes to the star senior, and the three goals were enough to give the Lady Cavaliers a 3-0 win Friday against Stratford in a GISA Class AAA state soccer semifinal. Augusta Prep goes for the state title next Saturday.
“They were perfect,” Alexander said of the passes. “To start out we were timid and a little scared, but as we got into the game the passes started coming.”
Hailie Huggins was the first to assist before Callista Eckert and Claire Duncan followed with the others. The Cavaliers had a 1-0 lead at halftime.
The score remained the same until Eckert’s header provided a flawless ball for the second goal.
Duncan’s delivery was also struck just right, with the ball finding Alexander, who shot it over the keeper.
“She’s too big, too strong, too good and too fast,” Lady Cavaliers coach Tom Norton said about Alexander.
Stratford, the two-time defending state champion, was the early aggressor before Augusta Prep (16-0-1) settled in.
The Lady Eagles kept play close to the Lady Cavaliers’ goal, but Augusta Prep goalkeeper Leila Woodhurst stopped one attempt and caught another on a long shot.
Once Augusta Prep got its first goal, it stayed in control and added more scoring chances.
Stratford got some pressure late, but Erin Brousseau blocked a shot as Woodhurst came out away from goal to stop one attacker.
Augusta Prep’s defense never broke as Woodhurst posted her third consecutive playoff shutout and the Lady Cavaliers advanced to one win away from claiming a state title.
“I can’t even fathom it,” Alexander said. “It really is humbling to be in this position.”