The Clinton High Dark Horses soccer team claimed it first conference win of the season, dominating the Midway Raiders 6-0 on Monday.
The Horses came into the match with lots of momentum after beating an undefeated East Bladen team last week. That performance definitely carried over as the Raiders couldn’t do much to keep Clinton out of the goal. This win allowed some redemption for Clinton within the conference, making up for a poor performance in the first conference match against James Kenan, when the Horses found themselves on the wrong end of a dominant shutout.
They flipped the script Monday.
“It’s good to get our first conference win,” said coach Brad Spell. “I thought we passed the ball better in the second half as we didn’t turn the ball over that much and it was good to see a lot of guys get to play.”
The Dark Horses didn’t waste much time either, striking first and getting on the board on back-to-back goals early in the first half. The first goal came just six minutes into the game with Sammy Sutter scoring that goal. Sutter didn’t stop there, scoring the second time just a minute later to put Clinton on top, 2-0.
The Horses kept the pressure on as Peter Darden scored at the 27 minute mark, putting his team up 3-0 at this point. They managed to take a 4-0 lead before the first half ended, as Ivan Ponce scored in the last minute of the first half, the first of two goals on the match for Ponce.
Clinton continued its dominance in the second half, scoring two more unanswered goals to bring them to the eventual 6-0 final.
Ponce scored the first goal out of the gate at the start of the second half. Sam Holloman would score the final goal for the Horses at the 63-minute mark, wrapping up their dominant performance over the Raiders.
Assists came from Ponce with two, while Sutter, Jacob Bauman, Reid Taylor and Austin Tyndall each had one apiece. The Dark Horses also ended with 18 shots on goal and 12 corner kicks, further demonstrating their relentless attacking all game.
With the first conference win under their belt, the Dark Horses rise to 8-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. They host their next conference match against Goldsboro on Wednesday. As for Midway, they fall to an even 5-5 overall and 0-3 in conference play. They will try and bounce back on Wednesday, hosting East Duplin in a conference match.
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