Clinton takes down top-seeded Wallace-Rose Hill, now atop conference

By Melony Henderson - Sports Editor

The Clinton Dark Horse soccer team got a huge road win at Wallace-Rose Hill on Monday night. The game was a defensive battle throughout the game with Clinton capitalizing at the right time to come out on top.

The Horses struck first in the 11th minute when a Zach Darden throw-in was put into the back of the net by Skyler Cannady.

With a couple more good chances, Clinton went into the half up 1-0, with an advantage of 3-1 in shots on goal and 1-1 on corners. The second half was much of the same, with possession going back and forth between the two teams. Again, a throw-in from Darden created another goal in the 59th minute when Darden connected with his brother Peter Darden for the second Dark Horse goal of the game.

That was enough, with Clinton beating the No. 1 ranked 1-A team in the state and taking over sole possession of the conference lead.

“We came into this match knowing that we would need to really step up defensively (Wallace has 80-plus goals this season) and the guys really stepped up to the challenge. We played some of the best team defense we’ve played all season,” said Coach Brad Spell.

Thw victory brings the Dark Horse record to 12-1-1 overall and 7-0 in the Four County Conference. Clinton plays Pender at home Wednesday night, with game time set for 6 p.m.

The JV Horses came away with a hard-fought draw after coming from behind when Wallace-Rose Hill scored early in the match. Coach Mitchell Brewington stated, “I really felt that these guys played with a lot of heart and intensity, once again playing for each other by meeting the challenge of playing in a hostile environment. They played with so much courage today, and I was very proud of their effort.”

The lone Dark Horse goal was scored by Manuel Murillo in the second half. This brings the JV Horses record to 13-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the conference. They will be back in action next Monday, October 10 versus East Bladen. Game time will be 4:30.

By Melony Henderson

Sports Editor

Melony Henderson can be reached at

Melony Henderson can be reached at


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