Lady Hilltoppers edged by Knox Catholic

Tanner Cook • Aug 22, 2019 at 9:17 PM

Playing their third game in as many days, the Science Hill girls soccer team fell to Knox Catholic 2-1 on Thursday afternoon at Anglin Field on the campus of Milligan College.

The game was moved due to the installation of the new video board at Kermit Tipton Stadium.

The Lady Hilltoppers got a goal from senior Paige Carlsen on a header in the 21st minute, but the Lady Irish limited Science Hill’s opportunities in the second half.

“They had a very good second half. It’s early in the season and we had a lot of good play today,” Science Hill head coach David Strickland said. “There’s more good things to come from this group. The schedule is always tough and I always try to play good, competitive games. We took this one on the chin today.”

Catholic struck in the 45th minute with a goal from Jenna Hancock to knot the match at one. The Lady Irish definitely had a fresher look than Science Hill and it became evident in the second half, when the Hilltoppers’ opportunities came few and far between.

“Hats off to them for defending really well,” Strickland said.

The Lady ’Toppers (2-1) had just one corner kick in the whole match and it came late. In fact, that was the only corner kick between the two teams. For any soccer fan that watches Strickland’s squads, set pieces are an integral part of their offense.

“We talked at the last water break that the game was asking us to do something special,” he said. “We just have to get a little bit better at creating that opportunity without a set piece. They made sure that they weren’t going to give up any corners.”

The go-ahead goal for Catholic (2-1) came in the 64th minute off the head of Rachel Brettin, who got a rebound off a save made by the Science Hill keeper.

It was pretty much being at the right place at the right time for Brettin.

Science Hill had a couple of good looks at the tying goal in the waning minutes, but its shots went wide. The best opportunity occurred when the ball was served well in the air to Savannah Fields coming in on the cross in front of the Catholic goal, but Fields wasn’t quite tall enough to head it in.

Science Hill will return to action on Friday at Baylor-Chattanooga. That game is set to kick off at 7 p.m.

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