GARDENDALE — Freshman midfielder Sabrina Knight scored a hat trick, but her effort wasn't enough to overcome Clay-Chalkville, who defeated the Rockets 4-3 in a girls soccer match Tuesday.
The Cougars took the early lead on a goal by Jasmin Martinez 23 minutes into the match. Knight tied the game eight minutes later, but Anna Eastis put Clay back in the lead with four minutes before halftime.
Raven Omar added to the Cougar lead when she scored seven minutes intoi the second half, but Knight closed the gap again with a rebound off the goalkeeper's block in the 56th minute.
But Kaitlyn Cole got what proved to be the game-winner with a goal for the Cougars six minutes later.
Knight completed the hat trick and gave Gardendale hope when she found the top corner of the net with eight minutes left to play.