Clinton’s Dark Horses played with great intensity Wednesday night, standing toe-to-toe with 3A Jacksonville until the very end. Final score was 2-1, but coach Brad Spell said he couldn’t have been prouder of his team if they had won the match.
“This was one of the best games I’ve ever seen,” an elated Spell said after the game. “They kept their heads up and they gave everything they could possibly give on that field.”
The effort, Spell said was there.
“We are starting to get it,” Spell attested. “This was the perfect game to get us ready for conference play next week.”
The visiting Cardinals and the 2A Horses battled it out throughout the first half and remained scoreless as the teams headed to the break.
Jacksonville jumped on the board first in the opening minutes of the second period, but the Horses had an answer in player Eric Bradshaw who hit the back of the net, tying it up at 1.
The Cardinals put another one in the net as the game was winding down, going up 2-1, but Clinton wasn’t through, opening up several opportunities to score, but falling just short of getting pay dirt.
The Horses had two more opportunities to tie it up, including a shot with about five seconds to go that hit the top of the goal.
“We didn’t win, but I was extremely proud of the way we played, Spell said. “My guys played a great game.”
The Horses move to 4-4 overall. They will host Richlands Monday night. Game time 7 p.m.