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Jordan leads Lady ’Toppers to Senior Night win over Lady Indians

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Sep 27, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Sydney Jordan wasted no time celebrating senior night on Thursday at Kermit Tipton Stadium.

The Science Hill forward scored a hat trick in the Lady Hilltoppers’ 7-1 victory over Dobyns-Bennett in Big Five Conference girls’ soccer action. She started with a goal in the opening minute after stepping in front of a ball punted by the Lady Indians’ goalkeeper and knocking it in the net.

Jordan added her second goal and the third for Science Hill in the 16th minute. She added her third goal seven minutes into the second half.

“It was senior night, so we were all really pumped,” Jordan said. “We were trying to come out super strong. I was lucky with that first goal that the ball popped out and I was at a spot where it was delivered right to me. To have a senior-night hat trick, my teammates set me up very well.”

Science Hill improved to 12-3-1 overall and stayed undefeated in the Big Five Conference.

Paige Carlsen scored a goal off an assist from Savannah Fields in between Jordan’s scores in the seventh minute. Fields scored in the 39th minute to give the Lady ’Toppers a 4-1 lead at the half.

“Sydney did a really good job around the goal and her movement got her in spaces to find the ball,” Science Hill coach David Strickland said. “To get to that point, the passing, the assists that were laid out were fantastic. Savannah Fields was running the show in the midfield with her touches of the ball and her slipping people in.

“Ariana Rodriguez had a great first half. She was fantastic on that left side with her movement, fighting for the ball and winning the ball back. It was probably the best game she’s had all season.”

For Dobyns-Bennett (4-5-1), Tayla Holt provided the lone score off a corner kick assist from Brantley Coggins.

“I loved the effort. They are fantastic girls who give 100 percent every time they step on the field,” Dobyns-Bennett coach Tony Weaver said. “We had an opportunity in the first half and stuck it in. All season we’ve been trying to score off a corner kick. We finally did, so that was a big bright spot for us.”

Another bright spot was goalkeeper Ellie Nash, who made sure it wouldn’t be a mercy-rule match with eight saves. Weaver pointed out it was an amazing effort as Nash returned to the soccer field this season for the first time in three years.

Science Hill had just too much firepower overall. Freshman Megan Burleson scored in the 55th minute and sophomore Clair Roundtree added the final goal in the 64th minute.

It was all capped off with a celebration for Science Hill’s large senior class, which includes Lina Powell, Brenna Webber, Julia Luna, Tori Sparks, Teagan Kersey, Allie Torbett, Carlsen, Rodriguez, Fields and Jordan.

Fields had two assists, while Rodriguez, Ellie Luna and Katie Wilson also had assists.

“My teammates made some good runs and I got my head up and looked for spaces in between their defense,” Fields said. “I had the ball to slip the ball behind them and find their feet.”

Still undefeated in league play, the Lady ’Toppers look to slip past Tennessee High next Tuesday with a chance to win the regular season title outright. Dobyns-Bennett hosts Elizabethton in a non-conference that night.

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