Augusta Prep girls escape rival on penalty kicks

Augusta Prep’s Claire Duncan had to be careful. She had already seen shots sail high over the crossbar.


So as she stepped up for her penalty kick, she made sure she struck it right.

The ball barely hit off the lower part of the bar and went in, and following a miss by Westminster, the Augusta Prep girls soccer team earned a win on penalty kicks.

Augusta Prep had tied the game at 1 late in the second half to force the extra periods. It won 4-3 on penalty kicks.

It was the second win in as many days for the Cavaliers, who won the GISA Region 4-AAA title.

“I’ll sleep good tonight,” Duncan said.

Though goalkeepers Leila Woodhurst for Augusta Prep and Westminster’s Kelly Smith did well, some shooters were also plagued by high or wide attempts during the shootout.

On the eighth attempt for each side, Augusta Prep pulled away.

Earlier, the Cavaliers
(13-0-1) fell behind less than six minutes into the game on a Cara Smith goal.

Though Augusta Prep had chances to tie, the finishing wasn’t there.

However, with less than eight minutes to play, Jamie Alexander received a throw in and tucked in a shot to the lower left portion of the net.

“I don’t even know if we’ve ever beaten Westminster twice in a season,” Augusta Prep coach Tom Norton said.

“It’s especially gratifying because they just played (Thursday) night. They sucked it up and played.”

In the boys game, Westminster easily won, 7-0, behind a Patrick Moseley hat trick.

The Wildcats, the Region 4-AAA champs and 8-5-3 on the season, came alive with six second-half goals to turn the game into a rout.

Westminster’s Michael Montesclaros was tough to take off the ball, scoring twice in the last 40 minutes and recording his second on a laser.

But Moseley was the goal leader with this three.

His final tally was kicked strong enough to go off the keeper’s outstretched hands.

“In the second half they came out strong,” West­minster coach Mike Freace said.