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Clark scores four goals to lift Hebron past Providence

Staff Photo: John Bohn Providence's Anna Bougas (2) and Hebron's Jordan Lowery (23) leap for the ball during the first half of a girls soccer game played Tuesday.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Providence's Anna Bougas (2) and Hebron's Jordan Lowery (23) leap for the ball during the first half of a girls soccer game played Tuesday.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Hebron's Sarah Boyd (4) knocks down the ball while defended by Providence's Anna Bougas (2) during the first half of a girls soccer game played Tuesday.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Providence goal keeper Jessie Kowalewicz drops to the turf while attempting to block a shot on goal by Hebron's Bianca Clark (16) during the first half of a girls soccer game played Tuesday. Clark scored on the play despite the defensive efforts of Kowalewicz and teammate Brittany Tuttle (15).

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Providence's Brittany Tuttle (15) becomes entwined with Hebron's Alex Probst (17) during the first half of a girls soccer game played Tuesday.

LILBURN -- Hebron went more than five years without a win over Providence in girls soccer. The Lions are making up for lost time this season.

Bianca Clark scored four goals to lift No. 3-ranked Hebron to a 5-0 victory over No. 4 Providence on Tuesday.

It's the second win for Hebron over Providence this season after beating the Storm 3-0 two weeks ago.

"I was confident they were ready to deliver (a win)," first-year Hebron coach Calin Pop said. "I did not know it would be bigger than that."

In the last three meetings against Providence dating back to 2008, the Lions lost by a combined 30-2. The most recent defeat was 3-2 last season.

The Lions (9-1-2, 5-0) are a different team under Pop. The former boys assistant coach has Hebron on an eight-game unbeaten streak. Its only loss is to Class AAAAAA power North Gwinnett.

The victory over Providence (8-4-0, 2-2) keeps Hebron at the top of the Area 8-A rankings. The Lions have three area games left to wrap up the area championship.

They took a big step toward that accomplishment on Tuesday with Clark leading the way.

She had the game's first goal in the 26th minute after Providence goalkeeper Jessie Kowalewicz made the initial stop. Kowalewicz had 14 saves in the game.

Clark scored her second goal in the 35th minute on a nice assist from Jordan Lowery. That sparked a three-goal outburst in the final five minutes of the half.

"We play a Spanish style, short passes and fast. I'm not sure if it was the weather or not, but it wasn't working at first," Pop said. "But the girls woke up and did what they had to do."

Clark scored her third goal on an assist from Sarah Boyd in the 37th minute. Boyd then used some nifty dribbling skills in front of the goal to score and give Hebron a 4-0 lead at the half.

Clark scored the game's final goal in the 50th minute to make it 5-0. It was Clark's team-leading 18th goal of the season.

"She's good, solid all the way through," Pop said.

Hebron goalkeeper Lexi Kent got the shutout with the help of defenders Kendall Towe, Madison Cagle and Lydia Powell. It was the fifth straight of the season.

"I love my keeper," Pop said. "Regardless of how many shots we had on us, I wasn't really worried about it. She's a really good keeper."

Hebron boys 7, Providence 0

No. 3-ranked Hebron jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first half and rolled to a 7-0 victory over Providence on Thursday.

The Lions (9-2, 5-0) got two goals from Johnny Hardin, Ben Austin and Cole Redman. Ben Ungerer also added a goal.

Goalkeepers Noah Blaylock and Joey Redman combined for the shutout, which was the fifth straight and seventh of the season.