Augusta Prep cruises to state semifinals

Augusta Prep 7, Tattnall Square 0

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It didn’t matter if Jamie Alexander was marked or not. She was charging, ready to score.

The senior completed a strong header to start Augusta Prep’s offensive clinic in a 7-0 win at home against Tattnall Square on Tuesday evening. The win puts the Lady Cavaliers in the GISA Class AAA state semifinals, where they will play host to Stratford.

“I was just focused on the ball. It was an amazing feeling,” said Alexander, who said
it was one of the best goals she’s scored this season.

The Furman-bound senior got the scoring going as the Lady Cavaliers (15-0-1) maintained possession and made life easy for starting keeper Leila Woodhurst.

Augusta Prep scored six times in the first half after it was denied good finishing chances in the opening stages, the floodgates soon opened.

Alexander accounted for four goals in the game, with her second coming after she stopped, faked and blasted a shot past the opposing keeper’s outstretched arm. Alexander’s other two goals came after Erin Brousseau fought off defenders and applied pressure while dribbling.

Augusta Prep was especially dangerous on corners, with Callista Eckert and Shelby Hamilton both sending in perfect balls for header opportunities. Caroline Smith received one of those, and she headed it into the back of the net for her second goal.

Even with the huge margin, the Lady Cavaliers made sure the ball stayed near Tattnall Square’s goal, as they often won headers near midfield to make sure they kept the shots coming.

When the Lady Trojans did threaten, it was too late. Their best chance came on a free kick, when the ball soared over the crossbar with the Lady Cavaliers winning 7-0.

With the rout, Augusta Prep needs to beat state power Stratford to play for the state title.

“We’ll put our best game out there and see where we stand,” Augusta Prep coach Tom Norton said.


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