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Jordan brace boosts 'Toppers to win over Tribe

By Douglas Fritz • Aug 28, 2019 at 12:59 AM

KINGSPORT — It was a typical pitch battle between arguably the top two girls soccer programs in the area.

And although they will meet again, Science Hill walked away with the first belt notch. The Lady Hilltoppers overcame a big momentum swing prior to halftime and earned a 3-1 win over Dobyns-Bennett on Tuesday night at Indian Highland Park.

Sydney Jordan scored two of the Lady Hilltoppers’ goals.

View Todd Brase’s photos from the match

“It’s good to get out to an early win and put yourself in front,” said Science Hill coach David Strickland. “It’s always tough to come from behind.

“I thought we had a patchy first half. We were sloppy. I thought in the second half we got better. We’re still learning each other.”

FIRST STRIKE

Science Hill (5-1-1, 2-0 District 1-AAA) jumped ahead midway through the first half when Jordan found the back of the net.

“I think it was Savannah (Fields) who slipped me a ball through, and I hit it with my left foot and it hit the far right post and bounced in,” Jordan said.

MOMENTUM SWING

It looked like that goal would hold up to the break, but Dobyns-Bennett (1-1, 0-1) struck in the final minute. Callie Stidham collected a loose ball in the box and tap-rolled it into the corner of the net for a halftime tie.

“To come back and tie against a team like Science Hill, that was a big boost for us,” said D-B coach Tony Weaver. “I cannot complain about the effort from our girls. They did a fantastic job. The effort was there.”

GOING AHEAD

Science Hill took the lead in the 48th minute. Lina Powell worked her way to the right place in the box and tapped the ball into the corner of the net for a 2-1 edge. Jordan ended any doubt with a goal in the 78th minute.

“Lina played me a beautiful ball through, over the top,” Jordan said. “I just looked up and I had some space, so I decided to drive straight toward the middle of the goal. And I just tried to place it in the left side.”

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