Whatever team Max Guzman watched last Thursday, it didn’t look like his team. But less than a week later, the sight became more familiar.
The Augusta Prep boys rebounded from a blowout loss to Westminster by beating Loganville Christian, 5-0, Tuesday evening in the first round of the GISA Class AAA state playoffs at Augusta Soccer Park.
“This is more (like them),” coach Guzman said about his Cavaliers. “They hustled more. This is a good team – they’re young and energetic.”
The Cavaliers (8-7), who lost 7-0 to the Wildcats, didn’t waste time going up comfortably on Tuesday, scoring four times in the opening half.
Taylor McCutcheon finished one chance on a header, and Max Aquinde added two goals in the first half.
Augusta Prep kept pressing for more despite the gap in the score, with Peter Stojanov putting in a shot from a difficult angle.
With the Cavaliers dominating possession, keeper Franklin Sims didn’t have much work to do
With the win, Augusta Prep advanced to the quarterfinals.
“Just let them know to keep fighting,” Guzman said. “There’s still a chance.”
In the girls match, Augusta Prep needed only 30 seconds to begin its onslaught, going on to an easy 11-0 romp against Weber in its first round contest.
Erin Brousseau started the evening with a quick goal, and Jamie Alexander took over with four goals.
The Lady Cavaliers (14-0-1) dominated possession, and whenever Weber did get the ball, Augusta Prep needed little time to get it back.
The Region 4-AAA champions peppered the Weber goal with shots, with Alexander dribbling around defenders before finishing.
Already up 5-0 at the half, the Lady Cavaliers added half a dozen more goals in the final 40 minutes as eight players recorded at least a goal.
JoAna Murphy was one of the eight, showing a good touch to float the ball in for a score.
“They know it’s going to get tougher,” Augusta Prep coach Tom Norton said. “I think we’ll be ready on Tuesday.”