TAMPA — Tampa Prep's Colby Maffei was sidelined for her team's early season, 2-1 loss to Mitchell because of a groin injury.
Now fully healthy, the LSU commitment wasted little time making her presence known in the rematch on Wednesday night.
Maffei, a junior, assisted on the Terrapins' first goal in the sixth minute, scored three goals by halftime and added another after the break for four total in a 7-2 victory over the Mustangs.
"We needed this win," Tampa Prep coach Cindy Schofield said. "We had not won in the new year yet. Our last win was at the Sarasota tournament (against Steinbrenner). Our competition this year has been really tough. …Tonight's win is a good momentum and confidence booster heading into districts."
A healthy Maffei orchestrating the attack was too much for Mitchell on the Terrapins' senior night. Maffei sent a perfectly placed cross from the left sideline into the box for Alyssa Bryant, who jumped and headed the ball into goal for the opening score.
Maffei blasted a right-footed shot from 30 yards away in the 10th minute that was too tall for Mitchell goalkeeper Sandra Jozic (six saves) for a 2-0 Terrapins advantage, and less than a minute later, Maffei scored again on another bending laser from a distance to make it 3-0 Tampa Prep (14-5-2).
Mitchell (18-2-1) got a goal back in the 20th minute when Casey Bruno cleaned up a rebound on a shot from Chandler Reed, but Maffei kept the pressure on, scoring her third goal of the night with five minutes before halftime on a left-footed, long-distance shot that just snuck in under the crossbar.
Maffei capped off her stellar night with her fourth goal a minute into the second half.
"It wasn't just her, though, our seniors were huge tonight," Schofield said. "Amber Miller was awesome. Jackie Rosenthal up front with Colby … her work rate up front just creates stuff for Colby. And Amber stepping up at attacking center mid, she's a threat to score. And she did tonight."
Miller scored the Terrapins' sixth goal on a free kick that kissed the underside of the crossbar before going in. She added her second goal of the night in stoppage time on another free kick.
Danielle Gottwick scored a second-half goal for Mitchell, which played without leading scorer Arielle Anahory.