Clinton’s highly ranked men’s soccer team paid a visit to Spivey’s Corner Monday to take on the Midway Raiders. In what looked to be a Clinton rout early, the two teams settled in for a defensive struggle. The Dark Horses held on for a 2-1 victory.
Just over 8 minutes into the game, Clinton’s Will Reagan scored on an assist by Kelby Moore.
Less than 2 minutes later Eric Bradshaw hit pay dirt thanks to a Luis Alguilar assist. It looked then like it might be a run away for the Horses. However, the visitors did not find the goal again.
The Dark Horses took a 2-0 lead into intermission. Fifteen minutes into the second half Midway’s Jonathon Garcia scored to cut the lead to 2-1. That would be the final score.
Both teams had opportunities during the final 24 minutes, but neither could find the back of the goal.
“Clinton’s a good team. They’ve got a good feeder program,” stressed Midway head coach Allen McLamb. “They’re a lot deeper than what we are. We didn’t win, but my guys didn’t quit. In the second half, we had a lot of shots on goal. Clinton ran some good runs, but give my back wall credit. They got their 2 quick goals early and we cleaned that up and we shut them down.”
Midway falls to 2-1 in Four County Conference play, and 4-2-2 overall. The Raiders will travel to Wallace-Rose Hill today (Wednesday).
“I thought Midway did a super job tonight,” asserted Dark Horse head coach Brad Spell,
“It was well-coached. He really compacted his defense on us. We moved the ball well from the defensive to the mid third, but when we got to the attacking third, they really did a good job defending us and holding us to the shots we didn’t want. We had to adjust to the width of this field, but all credit goes to Midway. We’ve got to do a better job of finishing our opportunities if we’re going to do anything in the playoffs.”
The Dark Horses are 7-1-1 and 3-0 in conference play. They will visit Union today.