Grace Browder spent much of the night in pain thanks to minor injuries to her ankle and shin.
She spent the rest of the time hurting Daniel Boone.
Browder shook off the bruises to score two goals Tuesday night, leading the Science Hill girls’ soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Daniel Boome at Kermit Tipton Stadium.
“Grace is very tough,” Science Hill coach Megan Harmon said. “She’s one of those players when she gets knocked down, she gets up and she keeps on going. She came back in. I could tell she wanted to play. She went in there and made something happen.”
The Hilltoppers improved to 3-4 overall, 3-0 in the Big Seven Conference. Boone fell to 5-2, 0-2.
“We’d come off a tough stretch,” Harmon said. “We went to Hendersonville and got beat three times and then went to Greeneville last week and got beat. We had a four-game losing streak so we’ve been really talking about how losing is contagious, but winning is contagious as well. Our goal tonight was to break the streak and do whatever it takes.”
Browder opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when she took a diagonal pass from Nichole Fry, dribbled up the field and drilled it into the back of the net.
Six minutes later, Science Hill was the recipient of some good fortune. A Boone defender attempted to clear the ball and blasted it off of Devin Fry.
The ball spun high in the air and over the head of Boone goalkeeper Taylor Robinson for a 2-0 Hilltoppers’ lead.
The Trailblazers began to break down Science Hill’s defense late in the first half, and Katelyn Cox broke free on 50-yard breakaway. Cox’s last touch was too strong, and Science Hill keeper Shelley Seaton was able to haul it in.
The ’Blazers got a lot of pressure in Science Hill early in the second half, but they just couldn’t get one past Seaton.
“The first 20 minutes of the second half, we really did control the ball well,” Boone coach Steve Sessis said. “We kept ourselves from being able to win the game by not being able to put the ball in the net.
“Science Hill controls the ball much better, but we had the breakaways. When you can’t capitalize, it hurts. I think we worked hard. We never gave up, but we got worn down.”
Browder struck again at the 28:53 mark of the second half. The ’Blazers pressed forward on a corner kick and Browder burned them on a long counter-attack run up the right side.
Lauren Trent added a goal with 9:40 left for Science Hill.
The ’Toppers out-shot Boone 18-9.
“The girls came out and played with some fire, with a chip on their shoulder, which was good to see,” Harmon said.