The Clinton Dark Horses sporting a record of 11-0-1, traveled to Spivey’s Corner on Monday to take on the Midway Raiders in a Four County Conference soccer match. Clinton prevailed in the game 2-0.
The Dark Horses’ first goal was by Peter Darden, off an assist by Spell Carr. This occurred with 27:04 remaining in the opening half.
Neither team could muster any offense the rest of the half. The Raiders had maybe a couple of shots on goal. The Dark Horses had several, but each time goalkeeper Matthew Core of Midway was waiting.
After intermission, both teams came out aggressively. However, the only score was on a Spell Carr penalty kick with 32:09 remaining in the game. Core made numerous saves and Dark Horse goalkeeper Gray Sutter kept the Raiders out of the goal.
“I thought Midway played really well,” asserted Clinton coach Brad Spell. “I thought we moved the ball in the second half extremely well. Every time I come over here, it’s a tough field to play on. I was a little negative in the first half, because I want things to happen a little quicker than they’re happening and I thought I brought that negative energy on the players. We talked about that and I saw a big difference in our second half performance. We’re having a great year. We want to enjoy this journey, but we want to be hungry every single game.”
“We didn’t win,” remarked Raider coach Allen McLamb, “but I thought we played a good game. We played them solid. I felt like we took a few things that they normally do away from them. My defensive backs played exceptionally well. My goalie did a good job. I think we’ve come full circle. I think my team is where I really want them to be.”
Clinton won the junior varsity game 4-1, improving to 8-0-1 overall, and 1-0-1 in conference play. The Raider j. v. team drops to 1-3, and 0-1.
The varsity Dark Horses improve to 12-0-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play, with a Wednesday date against undefeated Union.
Midway drops to 4-3-2 overall and 1-2 in the Four County Conference. The Raiders will travel to Wallace-Rose Hill on Wednesday.