CLINTON, Tenn. | Chloe Tucker scored less than 30 seconds into Thursday’s District 5-AA match here, using a long touch to pass her defender en route to an easy goal.
That was the start of a hat trick for Tucker, and the start of a 9-0 win for Scott High.
Tucker’s unassisted goal was soon followed by Olivia Rector following her own missed shot for a goal, and then another Rector goal to give the Lady Highlanders a 3-0 lead less than midway through the first half.
The seniors kept tacking onto the lead after that. Abby Reynolds scored on a penalty kick following a hand ball in the box, and Tucker scored her second goal of the night to make it a 5-0 game.
Scott High, which snapped a three-game losing skid with the win, would add four more goals in the second half. The first two were scored by Ellie Lowe. She scored off an assist by Tucker, and then off an assist by Rector to make it a 7-0 game with more than 23 minutes remaining.
Tucker completed her hat trick with 17 minutes to play. The scoring was completed on a PK by Sharpe with four minutes remaining.
“We were fortunate tonight,” Scott High coach Eric Henry said. “We saw the field well. Abby Reynolds had another great game, Liv Rector had some laser shots ,and Chloe Tucker had a couple of lasers in there as well.”
Henry credited Sharpe with helping to preserve the shutout.
“She took the ball off their foot every time she was challenged in the first half because we had taken poor angles and made poor decisions on defense,” Henry said. “We got the district shutout, which is a big thing to me.
Everybody got to play 12 to 15 minutes, and we didn’t have anybody hurt, thank God,” Henry added. “That’s rare for us. A win, a shutout, and nobody got hurt.”
The game was the only one Scott High will play this week, after Thursday’s match at Fulton was postponed due to a scheduling conflict. The Lady Highlanders are scheduled to host Kingston on Sept. 27.