No pressure, Augusta Prep handling state title expectations

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May 9, 2014 AUGUSTA, GA-- Augusta Prep soccer is playing in it's second state championship in three seasons. The first time around, the Lady Cavs lost the title to local-rival, Westminster. With almost the same team back this season, Prep promises this game will be different.

A senior-less roster headlines Augusta Prep's return trip to the GISA-AAA finals. While the Lady Cavs are lacking seniors, they aren't lacking experience.

Five starters return from that title game in 2012. The experience will be key to handling the pressure and the nerves this time around.

"For me personally, it was to handle the pressure. Being an 8th grader, it was very overwhelming for me. Eight of the girls this year were on that (2012) team, and they understand the pressure that was there. We're more prepared this time around," sophomore Bailee Cloutier said.

"They've been in the environment and I think will handle it fine. Certainly, having the club experience and playing in tournaments around the Southeast, they're accustomed to playing in front of large crowds and pressure games," Augusta Prep head coach Tom Norton said.

Stratford Academy is the opponent waiting in Macon for Saturday's championship game. It's a regular season rematch from March 22. The Cavaliers won that meeting over the Eagles, 1-0.