The girls soccer program at North Augusta High School came within 80 minutes of qualifying for the state-championship game, but ran into South Aiken in the Lower State title game Monday afternoon and wound up on the painful end of a 5-0 score, which put an end to the Yellow Jackets' season.
The top-ranked Thoroughbreds (18-0-1), playing on their home turf, took a quick lead and were up 3-0 by halftime. North Augusta, ranked ninth in the state, ended its season at 15-3-1, with a variety of team boosters saying that the future looks extremely bright for the girls squad.
The boys' season came to an end a few days earlier, as the Jackets – Region 5-AAAA champs for the second straight year – lost at home 3-1 versus Dreher. The Jackets scored first, off the foot of Jaime Reyes, and led for most of the first half, but the Blue Devils, en route to an 18-5 record, scored just before halftime and slowly pulled away in the second half. North Augusta's boys wound up at 16-6.