The Girls Preparatory School defeated rival Baylor 4-0 in a Division II AA showdown on
Wednesday night. The atmosphere was similar to a Friday night football game. The Baylor
stands were packed with a definitive line down the middle dividing the crowd into Blue and Red.
Students lined the field and sang chants throughout the match which added to the electric
GPS had the better of the chances in the first half, with the first opportunity coming in the
21’ minute. Junior Sydney Morris drove towards the box before cutting a ball across the middle
to freshman Sasha Carbone who was making a late run. Carbone’s first time hit was tipped over
the bar by Baylor goal keeper Addison Yelton.
Three minutes later, the Bruisers came close to scoring again. A cross from the right side
missed everyone and lurking at the back post was junior Ashley Grant who flashed her shot just
wide of the left post.
GPS finally got its deserved goal in the 35’ minute. Freshman Kennedy Ball made a
powerful run down the right side and crossed the ball into the box where fellow freshman
Hayden Wise got enough on her shot to beat Yelton. The first half ended 1-0 in favor of the
Baylor came flying out of the gate to start the second half and nearly scored from the kick
off. “We knew that they were going to come out really strong and if we came out soft, they were
going to get a goal,” said senior captain Meg Priest. “The big thing for us was to come out
strong, not let them get that goal and then try to score first.”
The senior leadership came through as GPS stayed strong defensively and got the early
goal that they were looking for in the 47’ minute. Ball sprinted away on a breakaway with Grant
flanking her from the far side. Ball’s shot appeared to be going in, but Grant had to make sure
with a Red Raider defender in close pursuit. Grant’s tap in took the air out of Baylor as the
Bruisers did not stop.
In the 67’ minute, Wise got her second after she cut infield from the right and fired a left
footed shot that sailed over Yelton to give GPS a 3-0 lead.
“She (Wise) is very athletic, has great pace, her technique and everything else is good as
well,” Girls Preparatory School Head Coach Patrick Winecoff said. “She is just a phenomenal
player and I was really proud of her for taking care of business.”
Grant scored her second in the 70’ minute off of a fluid counter attack. She picked up the
ball on the left side and slammed her shot into the net to put an exclamation mark on the match.
Grant described scoring two goals as ‘a rush’ along with highlighting the support from the
community. “GPS is such a supportive community – and so is McCallie – but to score with all of
your friends watching; there’s no better feeling.” Grant said.
GPS senior captain Alex Magill underlined how close the team is and how big of a win
this was for the region leaders.
“Most of our team is underclassmen, so I think being able to get a shutout in a big rivalry
game is really important and helped us gain confidence. It just shows how well we work together
and how strong we are.” Magill said.
Next up for Girls Preparatory School is Knoxville Catholic on Tuesday at home at 6 p.m.
Baylor will travel to Boyd Buchanan next Tuesday to round out their regular season at 7