Clinton Dark Horses soccer had its biggest victory of the season Wednesday, beating the number two team in the state Wallace-Rose Hill in a penalty shootout in what the Horses’ coach called one of the “most epic” matches he’s witnessed.
“This was a huge win for us, that’s for sure,” said coach Brad Spell. “I can say that this, without a doubt, is the top five most epic games I’ve ever seen in all my years of coaching.”
The Horses fell behind in the first half as the Bulldogs maintained a 1-0 lead for the entire half. Clinton went on to tie the match up in the second half at 1-1. This score remained that way until the end of regulation, bringing the match into overtime.
Clinton scored first putting them ahead 2-1 for the majority of the overtime, but the Bulldogs were able to tie it back up in the final minute at 2-2. With extra time ending in another draw, it came down to the penalty shootout. The Horses would win it during the shootout finishing it 2-0 over Wallace, netting them their biggest win on the year. Clinton’s goalie Reid Walters came up big for the Horses, playing what his coach called the best match of his career.
“Our keeper Reid Walters was player of the game,” said Spell. “He made unbelievable saves like I’ve never seen. He was like a vacuum to the ball.”
A tough game like this one was just what Spell had been looking for.
“A gritty hard fought game like this is what I had been looking for all season,” Spell remarked. “I could really see the drive and hunger in our guys tonight like I hadn’t seen before all year. Overall, it was an amazing team effort, I’m really proud of them and what they did tonight.”
With the win, the Horses now enter a four-way tie for first place in the conference next to Wallace-Rose Hill, James Kenan and East Duplin all fighting for that number one spot.
Clinton improves to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference. They will battle it out at home, in conference action Monday, against one of those first place rivals East Duplin.
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