The Hilltoppers scored early in the second half, and then capped it late in a 2-0 win over the Indians in a key Big Seven Conference contest at Tipton Stadium.
Improving to 9-0 overall, Science Hill bumped its league mark to 4-0 as it took a giant step toward the regular season title.
It wasn’t a dominating first half for the Hilltoppers — at least on the scoreboard. The first 40 minutes produced a 0-0 score. However, the ’Toppers hit the crossbar three times and had their chances.
“We controlled the game, and controlled the momentum,” said Science Hill head coach Brandon Kind. “But we couldn’t finish, and against a good team that can come back to haunt you. At halftime we told the kids to keep attacking defensively, and keep a positive mindset.”
Javier Alberto improved the team’s mindset quickly as he broke into the clear and found the net five minutes into the second half.
“He just got loose, and it was one on one with the keeper,” said Kind.
Science Hill stayed on the attack, and had some balls with a chance to find their mark. Will Little and Miller Franklin came particularly close.
But the game remained 1-0 until the final minute. That’s when Jared Lady got past the goalkeeper and served a tapper into the empty net.
“That was just him working hard,” said Kind. “He stayed in the mix, and didn’t give up on the play. He’s just a grinder at the end of the day. That goal didn’t have to be. Effort got that goal.”
Kind said his team’s defense was a key to the victory.
“(The Indians) did get some chances, but our defense really paid dividends tonight,” he said.
A pair of testers are up for the Hilltoppers next week. Hardin Valley comes to Tipton Stadium on Monday while Roanoke (Va.) Patrick Henry visits Friday.
“Every day we’re trying to get better,” said Kind. “As long as we stay as one unit, we will be fine. We have to play good soccer, and not leave anything to chance.
“The hardest thing can be keeping them grounded. All of these wins make people want to beat us more. The team idea is really the solution to that.”