Lady Hilltoppers come up a goal short against Maryville

Douglas Fritz • Nov 6, 2019 at 4:19 PM

Science Hill got off to a promising start, but a short stretch sandwiched around halftime doomed the Lady Hilltoppers.

Maryville scored three goals in a span of just over 10 game-time minutes, and held off a late flurry of shots by Science Hill for a 3-2 win in the quarterfinals of the Class AAA girls state soccer tournament at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro on Wednesday afternoon.

Science Hill, which had to wait an extra week to play the game as the tournament was postponed because heavy rain caused poor field conditions, finished its season with a record of 19-4-1.

Maryville (18-3-3) advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinal, where it will take on unbeaten Brentwood (15-0) at 2:30 p.m. (EST).

Paige Carlsen found the back of the net at the 13:15 mark, and the Lady Hilltoppers held that advantage until the final minute of the first half. That’s when Reyna Coston got the Lady Rebels even with a score, finding the net at the 39:09 mark.

Maryville then struck twice early in the second half. Coston scored on a penalty kick at the 44:32 mark, and Kayla Barr finished a long run with a shot into the top left corner of the goal for a 3-1 edge at 49:40.

In a span of 10:31, Science Hill went from one up to two goals down.

The Lady Hilltoppers kept their hopes alive when freshman Megan Burleson ripped a stroke from 25 yards out and sailed it just under the crossbar at the 68:48 mark.

In the closing 11 minutes of the game, Science Hill peppered Maryville with shots attempts from Carlsen, Julia Luna, Allie Torbett, Lina Powell, Torbett again, and Burleson. Maryville keeper Grayson Patterson recorded five save in that stretch of six shots.

For the game, Science Hill outshot Maryville, 19-13.

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