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Augusta Prep girls survive, advance to state semifinals

Posted: May 17, 2017 - 2:40am
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Augusta Prep’s Carina Layug (left) receives congratulations from Banks Collier (11) after scoring the go-ahead goal with 15 minutes remaining in the Lady Cavaliers’ 2-1 win over Frederica in the GISA Class AAA quarterfinals Friday. Chris Gay/Staff

In a scary moment early in the contest, Augusta Prep's Carina Layug lay on the ground with her coach and athletic trainer tending to her.

The Lady Cavaliers senior was helped to the bench after getting hit in the left eye. Her vision, for a few minutes, was impaired.

Layug soon returned to the contest, her eyesight back to normal as she scored the game-winning goal with 15 minutes remaining to lift Augusta Prep to a 2-1 victory over Frederica in the GISA Class AAA quarterfinals Friday.

The Lady Cavaliers (13-3), the three-time state defending champions, advance to play Deerfield-Windsor in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday at Mercer. The winner will advance to the title game the following day in Macon, Ga.

After defeating Frederica, Augusta Prep's players showed no emotion walking off the field. Lady Cavaliers coach Tom Norton told his players after the contest they'll have to play much better if they're going to entertain the thought of adding a fourth consecutive championship.

"It's just a matter of refocusing next week," Norton said. "We've got to get everyone moving in the right direction and get the seniors to lead the charge and get this done."

Against the Lady Knights, Banks Collier scored in the first half off a Jessica Powell assist to give Augusta Prep a 1-0 lead. Frederica bounced back early in the second half as Lucy Worthy scored to tie up the contest.

Despite the score, the Lady Cavaliers continued their dominance, keeping the ball on the offensive end most of the contest. Augusta Prep missed a few close chances in the second half - Layug missed a shot off the right post, while Powell missed a line drive just over the crossbar. Frederica goalkeeper Aubry Maulden finished with 15 saves.

Layug finally snapped the tie late in the contest. With 15 minutes remaining, she took a pass from Collier and beat Maulden, who put a hand on the ball after it crossed the goal line. After a brief moment, the goal was called true, giving Augusta Prep the lead.

"She saved it, but it was past the line," Layug said. "I knew that was in."

 

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