The Dark Horses men’s soccer didn’t face much opposition Monday on the road, bulldozing the Goldsboro Cougars 7-0 on their home turf.
Clinton controlled the tempo of the game as a whole, having a total of 11 shots on goal, while holding Goldsboro to just one the entire game. They also took nine corner kicks while allowing the Cougars none, as all the Horses were able to take part in the action.
“I thought we moved the ball extremely well tonight,” said Clinton head coach Brad Spell. “Everyone also got a lot of playing time and as a coach it’s always nice to see all your guys get to play.”
The Horses owned the first half, putting in three goals before the end of the half, having a 3-0 lead by halftime. Though they started out slow before scoring the first goal.
The first goal came from none other than Ivan Ponce, who had three goals on the night for Clinton, bringing his total goals on the season to 26, just three short of the single-season record of 29. This one came at the 14 minute giving them a 1-0 lead. Reid Taylor followed suit and scored his only goal of the night seven minutes later. His goal came at the 21-minute mark in the half giving the Dark Horses a 2-0 lead.
Ponce would score again at another seven minutes later in the 28th minute giving him his second goal of the game and putting the Horses ahead 3-0. This would be the final goal of the first half with Clinton dominating.
The Dark Horses played even better in the second half, scoring four goals this time around while the defense still never allowed the Cougars to score.
Ponce scored the first goal of the half again, giving him his third and final goal of the night. This goal came just nine minutes into the half at 49 minutes, extending their lead to 4-0.
Three other Horses scored before the game ended, including Sam Holloman, Sammy Sutter and Skyler Cannady.
Holloman’s goal was scored at the 53-minute mark, Sutter’s came just two minutes later at 55 minutes and Cannady scored the final goal in the 80th minute, giving the Horses their 7-0 lead and eventual victory.
Assists came from multiple players as well, Jacob Bauman led in assists with two on the night. Manuel Murrillo, Cesar Meza and Ponce each had one.
The Horses rise to 15-4 overall and 7-2 in the conference. With only four games remaining in the season, if they can win out they will have a shot at a high seed in the playoffs. They face the first of their remaining opponents on Wednesday, hosting the Spring Creek Gators in more conference action.
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