Thirty minutes into their first-round state playoff against Collins Hill, the Forsyth Central girls soccer team was feeling something much serious than any pre-game nerves.
"I was very afraid, honestly," Bulldogs senior midfielder Jenna Uldrich said.
The No. 2-seeded Bulldogs were trailing 2-0 at that point, with both Eagles goals coming off brutal Central blunders. On the first, which less than two minutes into the game, Collins Hill worked a ball around Central keeper Alaina Giangiobbe, and while Emma Martin had a chance to clear the ball, she missed. Lilly Lee put it in the empty net to make it 1-0.
Roughly 25 minutes later, Collins Hill's Brooke Newlon took a free kick from more than 40 yards out. The ball landed on the right side of the box, and Giangiobbe misjudged where it would go next. It bounced over her head and into the net, putting Central in a 2-0 hole.
All of that was erased in less than 15 minutes of game time, though. Four unanswered goals for four different players gave the Bulldogs a 4-2 win on Tuesday night and put them through to the second round of the playoffs.
The Bulldogs' defensive mistakes were paired with disjointed play on offense, where Central initially based its attack on balls forward to individual players making runs. Their first goal came with just under five minutes left in the first half, when Morgan Dech got a boot on a ball in a chaotic scene in the box after a free kick, and two minutes later, Alexis Sherman headed one home in another rush up close.
Central scored again 3:25 into the second half, with Hannah Hamilton slotting home a penalty kick low and to the left, and five minutes after that, Uldrich gathered a long ball on the left side and finished to the near post with her left foot.
"When we start combining, there's really no stopping us," Uldrich said.
Camp didn't admit to feeling any extra playoff-based urgency herself, but she could see how it might be different for the Bulldogs' seniors.
"It doesn't affect me," Camp said. "But it definitely (affected) the seven seniors that are out there on the field, knowing that that would be the last time they would be out there if they didn't put it in the back of the net."
The Bulldogs (16-3-1) are set to play on the road at Parkview (17-1-1) on May 1. The No. 1-seeded Panthers beat South Gwinnett 11-1 on Tuesday to advance.