The pass from Scotti Wells was perfect. Caroline Smith just had to make a slight turn to get away from the defense, and she tracked down the ball to start a break.
The keeper had no chance.
The Augusta Prep girls soccer team made it look easy in the Georgia Independent School Association Class AAA state quarterfinals on Friday, picking up a 5-1 win against Holy Spirit Prep.
“I thought we played pretty well,” Lady Cavaliers coach Tom Norton said. “We came out hard and got goals we needed early, which always helps in a game like this.”
The win sets up a trip to undefeated Stratford Academy in a state semifinal next week.
“It’s tough,” Norton said about the upcoming game. “It’s going to be a big one for us – they’re pretty strong. It’ll be a challenge for us.”
Smith had two goals in Friday's game, with teammate Amanda Murphy matching her. Smith got her first about five minutes into the contest and then added her second on the pass from Wells around the midway point of the first half.
Murphy scored her pair in the second half as Augusta Prep (13-2) built a 4-0 lead. She finished on a rebound for tally No. 1 before she was the first to get to a bouncing ball with eight minutes remaining.
The Lady Cavaliers were always putting pressure on the Lady Cougars’ defense.
That meant a quiet match for Augusta Prep goalkeeper Leila Woodhurst. Woodhurst gobbled up one free kick early on and didn’t allow a goal until her team put up four.
The only blemish for the Lady Cavaliers was because of a great bend from Simone Lassere. The ball floated toward the net and over the keeper with 28:28 to go.
But the match belonged to Augusta Prep.