Horses toppled by Laney

By Michael Hardison - Sports Editor
Clinton’s Elizabeth Coleman prepares to send the ball upfield after beating her opponent to the ball. -
Ashlyn Williams makes a play for the ball during Friday night’s match against E.A. Laney. -
Taylor Spell for the Horses pushes through two Laney players as she makes her way to the goal. -

The Lady Horses soccer team found themselves in a battle with one of their toughest opponents this season on Friday night. While Clinton had their chances, they just couldn’t capitalize on them, resulting in a close 2-0 loss to visiting E.A. Laney.

“This was a hard fought game, I thought our girls played really well — we just didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” Clinton coach Lindsey Bass said. “Our girls really stepped up tonight against one of the hardest teams we play all season. We couldn’t be happier with the way they played minus those missed opportunities.”

The first half was a pretty close battle on both sides of the ball. By the end of the half the Horses had taken four shots on goal and had a corner kick. While on the E.A. Laney side they had four corner kicks and two shots on goal. Unlucky for the Dark Horses, one of those two shot on goal attempts went in within the first 15 minutes.

The second half was more of the same with Laney picking up it on both sides of the field and allowing the Horses only one shot on goal. Meanwhile they took way more shots at Clinton than they did in the first half with six more. The Horses did well defensively but one more shot for Laney managed to find its way in at 44:52. This would be the last goal of the night.

While Clinton didn’t score, Edye Carr had an exceptional night guarding the net, keeping the Horses in it the entire night.

“I think she had about five saves as a couple went over, but regardless she played very well,” Bass said. ” There were a couple that went in unfortunately, though they were ones that she couldn’t help. But again she played well.”

With the first loss the Horses have suffered in awhile, they drop to 12-5-1 overall. Since this was a non-conference game, they remain 8-0 in conference. They’ll tangle with the Raiders of Midway on the road Tuesday.

Clinton’s Elizabeth Coleman prepares to send the ball upfield after beating her opponent to the ball.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Horses.jpgClinton’s Elizabeth Coleman prepares to send the ball upfield after beating her opponent to the ball.

Ashlyn Williams makes a play for the ball during Friday night’s match against E.A. Laney.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Horses1.jpgAshlyn Williams makes a play for the ball during Friday night’s match against E.A. Laney.

Taylor Spell for the Horses pushes through two Laney players as she makes her way to the goal.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Horses2.jpgTaylor Spell for the Horses pushes through two Laney players as she makes her way to the goal.
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By Michael Hardison

Sports Editor

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