Panthers shut down Horses’ offense

Ruthie Pope Sports Writer

October 11, 2013

The varsity Dark Horses still haven’t found a way to take down the East Duplin Panthers on the soccer field. They lost at Beulaville on Thursday, 3-2. So far, the Panthers are the only team this season that’s been able to do that.

“Both our losses have been against East Duplin. They are a 2A team, but not in our conference. We could very easily see them again in the playoffs,” Clinton head coach Brad Spell said.

He said the Horses were down 1-0 at halftime. The Panthers scored again at the 60 minute mark, but 8 minutes later an assist by Spell Carr helped Luis Aguilar find the back of the net. The East Duplin retaliated right away to push their lead back up to 3-1.

Never giving up, the Horses put one more in the net before time ran out. It was off of another assist by Carr to Luis’ brother, Jose Aguilar.

“Our effort was fine, our attitude was right, and we were focused. East Duplin just out-executed us. We had a tough time creating offensive opportunities against them,” Coach Spell explained.

Clinton is still 8-0 in the conference, but their overall record fell to 12-2-2. They travel to East Bladen on Monday.

Clinton JV also lost their game against the Panthers, 2-1. Their record moves to 3-4-5.