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Lady 'Toppers beat Bearden, 1-0

Tanner Cook • Updated Oct 19, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Science Hill goalkeeper senior Tess Mrozek celebrated her 18th birthday in style on Thursday night as the Lady Hilltoppers’ girls soccer team took home the Region 1-AAA title in a 1-0 victory over Bearden.

The only goal of the night was scored by senior Emma Hecht as she kicked a rocket from 30 yards out in the 53rd minute.

"Honestly, I do that a lot. I kick it really hard from far away and it goes in sometimes," said Hecht. "We've worked really hard to get this one. We didn't win it last year. We're a really young team."

The game was tight from the first kick and neither team gave an inch. The Lady 'Toppers had opportunities in the first half, but could not connect. There were two shots that actually went off of the crossbar for the Science Hill.

The second half for the home team was better as more passes were connected on and the opportunities in the box were created.  

The Bulldogs had a number of opportunities in the first half, but the opportunities were few and far between in the second half as the Bulldogs were tiring down. The Science Hill defense was suffocating and kept the pressure on throughout the entire 80 minutes of play. 

"I'm 100 percent excited for these girls,” said Science Hill head coach Dave Strickland. “They stepped out there and competed. They wanted everything. You could see the heart and passion of wanting to win a championship.

"The girls are creating the opportunities and getting themselves in good spots. The pressure that we applied to Bearden really wore them down. They were tired."

Mrozek played a great night in goal, making six key saves to keep the shut out alive and keep the Lady 'Toppers in the game.

Science Hill will play in the sectional on Saturday at home. The opponent and time are still to be determined.

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