The Oak Ridge girls soccer team beat Science Hill 3-1 at home on Wednesday.
It was the first match between the Lady Wildcats and Lady Hilltoppers since September 2014, when Oak Ridge lost 2-1 in the Science Hill Invitational.
Oak Ridge won the Science Hill Championship at Science Hill in Johnson City last year, but the two teams did not meet because the Lady Hilltoppers were bumped out of the tournament, Lady Wildcats Coach Jeff Trombly said.
Oak Ridge (6-1, 3-0 District 3-AAA) had a big shot advantage throughout the game on Wednesday at the Pro2Serve Oak Ridge Soccer Complex. With one minute to play, for example, the shot margin was 27-7.
“I think it was a good effort, good to get three goals,” Trombly said. Oak Ridge could have had even more, he said.
The Lady Wildcats put in substitutes late in the game and Science Hill stepped up its pressure, but Oak Ridge held.
Trombly said Oak Ridge was a little faster than Science Hill and had its share of play.
Also, the Lady Hilltoppers play on a different field, he said. Teams often find the big Oak Ridge field hard to play on, and they have to play defense all over it, he said.
Trombly pointed out that teams from the Kingsport-Johnson City area such as Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett often make it to substate games each year. Last year, Science Hill (5-4, 4-0 District 1-AAA) won the Region 1 championship and lost to Maryville 1-0 in a Class AAA sectional, which is a game that determines which team advances to the state tournament.
Oak Ridge sophomore Kate Hausladen scored two of the three goals for the Lady Wildcats on Wednesday. Freshman Katie O’Brien scored the other.
O’Brien opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 28th minute.
Hausladen scored less than 10 minutes later, in the 37th minute, shooting the ball from the left side of the field into the right side of the net.
Hausladen scored again early in the second half. She beat the Science Hill defense, and with junior goalkeeper Tess Mrozek out of the net, she scored easily from the left side of the field into a wide open net.
Oak Ridge beat Halls 11-0 in its third district game of the season at Halls on Tuesday. All three of Oak Ridge’s district games have been shutouts: 11-0 at Anderson County on August 16, 5-0 at home against Karns on August 23, and 11-0 at Halls on August 30.
The regular season is now about half over. The Lady Wildcats have played seven and have eight remaining in the regular season.
Oak Ridge plays at Grace Christian in Knoxville on Tuesday, September 6.
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