Sydney Thompson was stretching and sitting, watching the remainder of the action instead of being a part of it.
However, she left her mark before leaving with a quad injury.
Goals from Thompson and Alanna McArdle – along with some top-notch keeping from Morgan Davis – sent the Aquinas girls soccer team to the Class A state semifinals with a 2-1 win over Savannah Country Day on Friday.
“I was so nervous, but our team’s come so far,” Thompson said. “I knew they could pull it out.”
Thompson opened the scoring early in the first half, running between a pair of Lady Hornets defenders before firing a shot past the goalie.
The senior said she injured herself on the goal-scoring run.
While she returned for a few minutes in the first half, Thompson left again and didn’t return. But she was optimistic about being able to play in the semifinals.
Aquinas (10-5-1) got its second goal with 13:36 remaining in the game, and though Savannah Country Day cut it to 2-1, the Lady Irish didn’t let the lead slip away.
Davis was the biggest reason for the win. She knew when it was the right time to leave her net and come up to grab a ball played forward.
In the first half, Davis was a wall on one chance, diving to her right about eight minutes into the game.
But the Lady Hornets didn’t stop threatening, with one ball sent into the box where it bounced around, seemingly waiting for a finish, before Davis fell on it.
Savannah County Day didn’t solve Davis until 11:37 showed on the clock as a Bri Carney free kick was perfectly placed past Davis.
But Aquinas didn’t allow the tying goal, advancing it to the semifinals.
“We got until Tuesday, so they can take (Friday) and (Saturday) to celebrate,” Lady Irish coach James Leonard said. “Then it’s back to work.”