After about 25 minutes of 4th round playoff soccer between Clinton and Carrboro, it became evident that who scored first would probably decide the winner, rather than who scored the most.
With 1 minute 22 seconds left in the game, Carrboro quickly weaved past the Dark Horses to score the one and only goal of the night in the 4th round of the 2A soccer playoffs at Darkness Stadium.
Clinton raced around the field in an attempt to even the score before time ran out, and made two good tries, but the ball just wouldn’t find the back of the net.
Both teams put up a good fight, with the offense challenging the net and the defense on each team going to extreme efforts to keep the ball out of the net. Every time a Clinton player got possession of the ball, a Jaguar or two would be on them before they could get a good shot off.
With the 0-1 score coming at almost the very last minute, the Dark Horse team was stunned when time ran out, ending not only the game, but a fantastic soccer season.
“Carrboro is a good team. They had a lot of speed on their wings. This is only the second time this whole year we’ve been shut out. At the beginning of the season, we tied with Dixon 0-0,” Clinton head coach Brad Spell said. “We had opportunities to score, but we just couldn’t finish.”
With the 2013 race to the state championship over, Spell spoke about what an incredible season the team had this year.
“The team has worked really hard this year. I was blessed with a bunch of guys who gave all they had. There are 12 seniors on this team, and we grew as a team. The chemistry got better as the year went along. The guys still here next year will have some shoes to fill,” Coach Spell attested.
“We made it to the final 8, and our record was 21-4-2. This is the second season we won 21 games and this is the second time we’ve made it to the 4th round of the playoffs. Two players broke individual records: Eric Bradshaw broke the single-season scoring record with 133 goals, and Luis Aguilar broke the record with 21 assists. Not only were we able to make these big accomplishments as individuals, but more importantly we did it as a team,” he continued.
Coach Spell thanked the Clinton High administration for all their help with the soccer program, and said he was also grateful for the help and support Jamie Williams and Mitchell Brewington gave the team. Williams is Spell’s assistant and Brewington is an assistant varsity coach as well as the JV coach.
“They do a lot for the program. That’s why it has been so successful these last 7 years,” Spell stated.
He also thanked the fans and parents of his team for their support. “I’m just thankful for everything they do and especially that lift they give the team when they come to the games to support us.”