TAMPA — Although Colby Maffei has scored 40 goals this season, including 10 in her past three games, the Tampa Prep forward doesn't seem overly impressed with her success.
In fact, she kind of expects it.
"I'm a forward," she said. "My job is to score."
Thursday night, the standout sophomore provided all the offense in Tampa Prep's 3-0 win over Shorecrest Prep in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs. Maffei's goals, which came in the 12th, 23rd and 67th minutes, were more than enough for a Terrapins defense that was so stout it allowed only one shot on goal.
"We're playing like each game could be our last," Maffei said. "I think that has put some pep in our step."
Maffei's first two goals were head-turners.
First, she took a pass and quickly blasted a bullet from 30 yards that slid just underneath the opposing keeper. Nine minutes later, with a Shorecrest defender all over her, she turned and fired into the left corner of the net, giving Tampa Prep (15-5-4) a 2-0 lead that it took into the half.
"Those were long-range shots," Chargers coach Neal Wolfrath said. "Those were good shots."
Tampa Prep's defense provided Shorecrest (9-11-1) with an equally difficult challenge. Led by defenders Isabel Dalence, Lauren Knoke and Amber Miller, the Terrapins flustered the Shorecrest offense from start to finish.
"When they possessed the ball, they were able to keep it," Wolfrath said. "They held it well."
Nobody did more with the ball Thursday than Maffei.
Her final goal, which came off the left foot, put a stamp on the win.
"She really played well tonight," Tampa Prep coach Cindy Schofield said. "Those were good goals."