The end result was much the same for the unbeaten Hilltoppers, who rode the first career hat trick of Savannah Fields and eased to a 4-0 Big Seven Conference win over homestanding Tennessee High.
Science Hill broke free from a scoreless tie with 5:55 left in the first half on a point-blank blast from Sydney Jordan, giving the 'Toppers a 1-0 halftime edge.
"You pass the ball to move the other team and create gaps," said Hilltopper coach David Strickland. "Knowing it's an 80-minute game, if you concentrate on moving the ball and moving the other team, it'll eventually come.
"We know to stick with the process and keep attacking. There's a flow to the game of soccer and you've just got to catch your moments."
BEEN A WHILE
A junior, Fields couldn't recall her last three-goal game.
"It's been years, I guess," the midfielder said. "I guess I was just in the right place at the right time.
"I was kind of nervous coming in because last time we played them it was a 2-2 tie. And then we started slow tonight. But once we started combining passes and getting it up the field, we were all right."
Fields gave SHHS a 2-0 lead in the 43rd minute, then made it a 3-0 game by finding the back of the net with 16:48 left to play.
A 15-yard blast with 1:54 on the clock provided Fields with her hat trick.
"She had a really good game tonight," Strickland allowed.
RIGHT ON TIME
Science Hill upped its record to 3-0 at this early juncture with its first conference win, while THS dropped to 0-3 and 0-1.
It's a marathon season and Strickland plans to push his team onward. He's pleased where the 'Toppers are at in late August.
"So far we've been the best team on each of the three (game) days," the longtime soccer veteran said. "We realize we've got things to work on to improve, so that's what we're going to do — work to improve.
"But I like where we're at. I thought we played a good game tonight."