JOHNSON CITY — 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 soccer victory over Dobyns-Bennett. Jordan 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, the third for Science Hill, in the 16th minute. She recorded 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 (12-3-1 overall) remained undefeated in District 1-AAA play.
In between Jordan’s scores, Paige Carlsen scored a goal off an assist from Savannah Fields in the seventh minute. Fields scored in the 39th 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.”
Tayla Holt provided the lone goal for D-B (4-5-1) 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,” Tribe 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 keeper Ellie Nash, who made sure it wouldn’t be a mercy-rule match with eight saves. Weaver noted the amazing effort by Nash, who returned to the pitch 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.
Closing the strong effort was a celebration for Science Hill’s large senior class: Lina Powell, Brenna Webber, Julia Luna, Tori Sparks, Teagan Kersey, Allie Torbett, Carlsen, Rodriguez, Fields and Jordan.
Fields and Rodriguez each finished with two assists, as did Ellie Luna and Katie Wilson.
“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.”
The Lady ’Toppers look to slip past Tennessee High next Tuesday with a chance to win the regular-season title outright.
D-B hosts Elizabethton in a nonconference on Tuesday night.