The sophomore forward piled up 38 goals as a sophomore, and that number may have reached the fifties had she not been subbed out of lopsided games against weaker opponents.
With Aycock the spark plug of the offense, the Lady Hoyas won games much more comfortably than they did a year ago. They also captured the state championship trophy that eluded them last season, with Aycock finishing the eventual game-winning goal against Grayson.
For her efforts, Aycock is the 2014 Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
“It’s still an amazing feeling,” Aycock said of the championship. “It always goes through your mind. It’s an accomplishment you will have forever. I will definitely look back on it.”
Harrison (22-0) has been a team known for its defense, and this season was arguably its most defensive season in team history. The Lady Hoyas went 16 straight games without giving up a goal before Grayson struck first in the state championship game.
Harrison had the defense to win a state championship last season, but it couldn’t produce enough goals in the playoffs to seal the deal, even with Aycock as the team’s leading scorer as a freshman. The Lady Hoyas needed penalty kicks just to beat Brookwood and advance to the finals in 2013, then lost a heartbreaker on penalty kicks to Parkview.
With Aycock kicking her game up a notch, Harrison scored more often, and the Lady Hoyas capped the season with a 2-1 win over Grayson.
Opponents were keenly aware of Aycock this season, but they still had trouble containing her. Even when she was double-teamed, it opened up opportunities for other Harrison players — such as Lizzy Sieracki, Carly Rich and Audrey Tanner, to name a few — to capitalize.
Other times, Aycock used her speed to get around them. Against Grayson, she played different spots up top to match up with Grayson’s weakest defender.
“With Carly and Audrey up front, it becomes hard for teams to double-team (Aycock), because there will be 1-on-1 matchup everywhere else,” Harrison coach Steve Riccard said. “I’m not real sure if anyone can come up with a plan to stop her completely. They may be able to slow her down, but not stop her.”
After Grayson scored to take a 1-0 lead into halftime of the state championship game, Aycock’s winner came early in the second half, about 9 minutes after Tanner scored the equalizer.
Aycock’s final goal of the season came on a cross pass by Rich, which she tapped in for the finish.
“Honestly, I knew that this is my opportunity,” Aycock said. “I was thinking at the moment that we needed to get this in, and that was mainly on my mind.”
Aycock was also key earlier in the playoffs, where Harrison beat Parkview and Brookwood by a pair of 4-0 scores. She had a goal and an assist against Parkview and added another goal against Brookwood.
Aycock also scored 16 goals during a four-game span in March, including a pair of four-goal games against McEachern and North Cobb.