Carlsen, the Lady Hilltoppers’ junior striker, made soccer life miserable for the Lady Indians with a hat trick, and Science Hill finished with an 8-1 win Tuesday night at Tipton Stadium.
Ranked No. 5 in the state, the Lady Hilltoppers improved to 4-0 in Big Seven Conference play and 5-0 overall.
The Indians slipped to 1-2 in the league and 1-2-1 overall.
THE FIRST GOAL
After 36 scoreless minutes, Carlsen crushed the Lady Indians’ spirits with a goal from 15 yards out at a tough angle. She hooked the shot just inside the upper right corner of the crossbar.
“I meant for it to be a shot,” said Carlsen. “But from out there it’s a chance whether it will go in or not, so it was lucky. But I did mean for it to happen.”
Science Hill head coach David Strickland said Carlsen’s goal was special, and it wounded D-B.
“I think it broke their spirit more than it loosened us up,” said Strickland. “We had the ball a whole lot, but we weren’t getting the end product. When you score a goal like that, you get a big shot of adrenalin, and when a goal is scored on you, it takes adrenalin out of you.”
Indians’ head coach Blake Rutherford agreed the difficult shot hurt his battling team.
“It was a great hit,” said Rutherford. “I don’t think it could be duplicated again if we did 99 balls that way. Great shot. And it just kind of set the tone.”
Science Hill kept D-B away from the danger zone for nearly the entire contest.
Center defender Sarah Luna said it was a matter of doing the right things in the back end.
“We really stayed compact in the back,” said Luna. “We didn’t let D-B turn with the ball and dribble at us.”
Two minutes after Carlsen’s net connection, Sophia Youngman got into the mix with a goal to give the Hilltoppers a 2-0 halftime advantage.
Science Hill struck early in the second half with Carlsen collecting the ball on a breakaway. She had a one on one with the D-B goalkeeper, and a tap from right to left rolled into the net for a 3-0 lead.
Carlsen struck again a few minutes later, and Savannah Fields added to D-B’s long night not long after Carlsen’s third score.
The Lady Indians broke up the shutout with a goal in the 68th minute by Brantley Coggins.
Science Hill responded less than a minute later when Youngman knocked another one home. Teagan Kersey and Riley Cox capped things off with late scores.
Science Hill has outscored its opponents by a margin of 29-2 this season.
The Lady Hilltoppers will put their unbeaten mark on the line in the Knox Bearden tournament. The first game is Friday at 9 p.m. against No. 9-ranked Clarksville. On Sunday, Science Hill will play No. 3 Collierville.
“I think we can rise to the occasion,” said Luna.