Clinton pummels Lady Patriots

Clinton’s Edye Jane Carr prepares to fire a shot on the Pender goal during first half action on Tuesday. Carr and her Lady Dark Horse teammates pitched yet another shutout of a Four County Conference opponent with a 9-0 win over the Lady Patriots. To view more photos from this match, visit the sports section on (Mike Carter/Sampson Independent)

Clinton’s Lady Dark Horse soccer team shut out another Four County Conference foe on Tuesday night when they welcomed Pender to the Dark Horse Soccer Complex. The Lady Horses got on the scoreboard early and often putting Pender away early in the second half posting another impressive victory with a 9-0 win over the visitors.

The Lady Horses scored their first goal less than a minute into the match when Reagan Barefoot headed an Emily Valenti corner kick into the Pender goal at the 0:58 mark. Katey Yang made the score 2-0 at 2:28 when she took a pass from Grace Reagan and sent it into the goal. Grace Reagan assisted Alaina Capps for the Lady Horses’ third score at the 11:17 mark and Capps struck paydirt again at the 15:50 mark of the first half giving Clinton a 4-0 edge. Katey Yang picked up her second goal, assisted by Reagan Barefoot at the 17:46 mark and Barefoot used her head for the second time, heading in another well placed corner kick from Emily Valenti at the 21:20 mark to increase the Clinton lead to 6-0. Emily Valenti finally got a goal to stick after having two scores flagged off by offsides penalties when she stuck a nice Katey Yang pass into the back of the nets at 33:23. Grace Reagan wrapped up the first half scoring with a goal at 36:29 assisted by Alaina Capps.

The Lady Horses ended the game at the 48:07 mark in the second half when Katey Yang scored her third goal of the night on an assist from Grace Reagan to give Clinton the 9-0 shutout win over the Lady Patriots.

Clinton head coach Jeff Smith praised his team saying, “This runs us to 8-0 in the conference. We have some girls that have really stepped up in the last few games. Nicole Spell is one of the most improved players on this team. When Olivia Sessoms went down with the knee injury she had to come in and step up and she has done a great job. Nicole and Cory Spell continue to do a really good job for us.”