PEACHTREE CITY—The Trinity Lady Lions soccer team built a 4-0 lead and then held off a late rally attempt by visiting Bulloch Academy Saturday to advance to the GISA Final Four with a 4-2 victory in a game played at the MOBA soccer complex.
The Lady Lions will play defending state champion Augusta Prep Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. at Mercer University in Macon in the semifinal match.
Trinity takes an undefeated 23-0 record into the Final Four.
It’s the Lady Lions’ second straight trip to Macon.
A year ago, Trinity’s season ended with a loss to FPCA in the semifinals.
“It’s great to be going back to Macon, but this time we want to stay a little bit longer,” Trinity head coach Stephen Sylvia said.
With temperatures pushing triple digits on the artificial surface, both Trinity and Bulloch took turns controlling the ball and getting shots on goal.
Trinity led 2-0 and the end of the first half and extended it to 4-0 before the Lady Gators scored two quick goals in the final 10 minutes of the contest.
“We are going to enjoy this for a little while, but then we know it will be time to get back to work next week,” Sylvia said.
Cheeyne Teems’ play in the net for the Lady Lions helped Trinity extend its season.
After several shots on goal were stopped or sailed wide early in the first half, the Lady Lions finally found the mark when Celia Gwinn scored the first goal of the match.
The Lady Lions increased the lead 2-0 midway through the first half when Olivia Loris kicked the ball past the Bulloch goaltender.
Abby Bragg, who has scored more than 45 goals for the Lady Lions this season, was again the offensive catalyst.
The senior, two-sport athlete, scored twice in a span of about 25 seconds to give the Lions a 4-0 lead.
Her offensive punch was just what the Lady Lions needed, especially after the Lady Gators added two late goals.
“We know what she means to this team,” Sylvia said. “Without those two quick goals, this is a different game.”
Bragg had a chance at a hat trick just missing on a couple of scoring chances late in the game.
The Lady Lions also closed out the game by putting pressure on the Lady Gators end of the field.
Trinity just missed out a direct kick and also had scoring chances on three corner kicks late in the game.
The Lady Lions face a Augusta Prep team that knocked off Trinity-Dublin in its second-match.