It was a stunning end to a game Science Hill dominated.
Anna Moore scored off an assist from Chloe Arnold in the 72nd minute to push Tennessee High to a 2-0 victory over the host Lady ’Toppers in Tuesday night’s District 1-AAA girls soccer semifinal at Kermit Tipton Stadium.
The through ball was the first shot attempt of the entire match by Tennessee High, which scored three minutes later when Melody Wallen put in a corner kick from Arnold.
Those were the only two attempts for Tennessee High, which was outshot by Science Hill 20-2 overall.
“The bottom line with this game of soccer, you can control the stat line and dominate the game and still lose,” Science Hill head coach Megan Harmon said. “Not many sports are like that. Unfortunately, it’s happened twice to use this year and twice to Tennessee High.”
The Lady Vikings (9-5-2) will take on top seed Dobyns-Bennett, a 4-0 winner over Daniel Boone in the opening semifinal, in Thursday’s championship scheduled at 7 p.m.
With a clear view in front of her, Moore only focused on getting the go-ahead shot in the goal at the critical moment.
“I could see the goal and I just let it go,” Moore said. “I had a great through ball from Chloe and the whole team put in the effort and pulled through in the end. I’m just really proud and excited to play a few more games.”
It was Tennessee High’s second win over the Lady ’Toppers in the past two weeks. Those are the only wins for the Lady Vikings over Science Hill in Kevin Mooney’s 14 years as an assistant and now a head coach.
In addition, Tennessee High earned only its second ever regional berth.
“We were biding our time and we knew we had some talented girls up top, so we didn’t need a lot,” Mooney said. “My girls did a great job of staying composed and staying focused. When you’re playing up front and you don’t get the ball, sometimes you let your mind wander and you’re not ready for those opportunities.
“But, it was a team win tonight. Science Hill is a great team and to pitch a shutout on their home surface, it was definitely a team effort.”
The Lady ’Toppers finished the season with a 5-11-2 mark, marking the end of the high school careers for seniors Grace Browder, Lily Horna and Shelley Seaton.
Hannah Torbett led Science Hill with eight shots, followed by four for Grace Browder, including three shots on goal. Devin Fry and Lauren Trent added three and two shots respectively.
“The bottom line is Tennessee High played great defense on us,” Harmon said. “When you have that many shots and they’re wide, high and right at the keeper, what else can you do? They’re going where you don’t want them to go, but we got the shots off and the girls played hard. That’s all I can ask them to do.”
Daniel Boone 0
Katie Hodge’s arcing shot from 35 yards out in the 43th minute proved to be the turning point in a close match.
The Lady Indians (12-2-3) held a 26-5 shot advantage overall, but 12-0 in the second half .
“In the second half, it was much better control,” D-B head caoch Blake Rutherford said. “The tempo was much better, and the possession was much better. In the first half, we created chances, but the second half just had a better feel.”
The Lady ’Blazers, who had four saves by keeper Taylor Robinson, missed their biggest missed opportunity to score with three point-blank attempts in the 30th minute.
“It looked like a pinball game to me,” Daniel Boone coach Steve Sessis said. “We have those kind of things happen. Sometimes, the ball pops in the goal and sometimes it doesn’t. Tonight was the sometimes it doesn’t part. But, the girls left it all on the field and that’s all I can ask for.”
D-B forward Shannon Stroud scored the match’s first goal in the seventh minute, a straight shot off from 12 yards off an assist by Maggie Burkett.
The score remained 1-0 the rest of the half, and up to Hodge’s score early in the second half. Both coaches agreed it was the key moment in the match.
“It was a great goal,” Sessis said. “She came up, saw an opportunity, took it and boy I tell you, she nailed that ball. The keeper had every bit of height she could get and it still went over her head. It took a little wind out of our sails.”
D-B added a pair of late scores.
Erin Burkett scored a goal off an assist by Marrisa Dietz in the 77th minute. Dietz scored in the 79th minute with Colleen Burkett credited with the assist.
Daniel Boone finished 15-3-1 for its best season ever, topping last year’s 14-4 campaign. The head coach was particularly complimentary of the team’s eight seniors -- Katelyn Cox, Maddie Warden, Elizabeth Metcalf, Whitney Carter, Holly Wagner, Hannah Fink and Alex Drumwright.
“I was telling the girls it took us 10 years to get as many wins as this senior class had in four,” Sessis said. “We had a great season. The girls were phenomenal and I couldn’t be happier with them.”