Frustrated after a weather delay, Caroline Smith had all the more energy and jukes prepared for when it was finally time to go.
After their game originally scheduled for April 29 was postponed, Smith and the Augusta Prep girls soccer team played and beat Mount de Sales, 4-0, on Friday in a Georgia Independent School Association Class AAA state quarterfinal.
“When it was canceled, I got so mad,” Smith said. “I just went to the soccer park and started to hit the ball on the wall.”
With Augusta Prep controlling possession, Mount de Sales packed in the defense in an effort to stop passes and shots. The strategy worked for a while, at least until Smith broke free about 20 minutes into the game for the first goal.
Smith added her second goal early in the second half with her team leading 2-0. After a Mount de Sales player blocked a shot and made the ball hit the bar on the way down, Smith was there to head in the rebound.
“I just knew it was going to come,” Smith said. “I had a feeling, you know?”
But Augusta Prep wasn’t all about Smith.
When the score was still just 1-0, Jessica Powell had a finish that doubled the lead. With Mount de Sales finally pushing players forward in an attempt to level the score, Augusta Prep had a perfect counter. Powell led the break, waited, and then passed to a teammate. Powell then got the ball back, dribbled closer toward the box and then fired past the keeper for the goal.
Then, with Smith’s second goal, Augusta Prep led 3-0 barely 43 minutes into the game. It finally got its last goal with 2:10 to play, when Claire Duncan sent in a penalty kick.
Augusta Prep had too many weapons for the visitors.
“We don’t have a weak person on the field,” Augusta Prep coach Tom Norton said. “So wherever (Smith) gives it up, or creates space, there’s somebody there that can do something with it. It’s just a matter of getting the right person in the right space at the right time.”