The unbeaten Lady Raiders soccer team traveled to Clinton on Friday night to take on the always tough Lady Dark Horses in Four County soccer action. Midway had only allowed one goal all season heading into Friday’s contest but all that was about to change as Clinton turned in an impressive performance, winning 7-0 to hand the Lady Raiders their first loss of the season.
Clinton got the scoring started early as Halla Gilpin found the back of the net just 2:10 into the game, giving the Lady Dark Horses an early 1-0 lead.
Clinton was the aggressor early, maintaining control of the tempo and keeping the Lady Raiders on their heels early.
The pressure paid off as Clinton notched another goal just a few minutes later. With 8:51 showing on the scoreboard, Clinton’s Reagan Barefoot found the back of the net to increase the lead to 2-0.
The Dark Horses were only just getting started. They kept possession of the ball early as Midway struggled to get any runouts of their own. The Lady Raiders had a handful of opportunities early, but Clinton had an answer every time.
Like clockwork, a few minutes later the Dark Horses struck again. This time, it was Jessica Parker that picked up the goal 14:17 into the contest to give Clinton a 3-0 lead.
At 24:35, Kasey McLamb finally mustered up a scoring chance for Midway, as McLamb and a host of Lady Raiders closed in on the Clinton goal. Dark Horse goal keeper Edye Carr was having none of it, however. Carr and a host of Dark Horse defenders thwarted the attack and preserved their 3-0 lead.
Clinton would add one more goal in the first half as Taylor Spell found the back of the net to give the Dark Horses a 4-0 lead at the halftime break.
The game moved at a slower pace in the second half, but Clinton was still able to muster up three goals – two of which came in the final minutes of the game.
Kayla Yang scored first early in the second half to stretch the lead to 5-0 where the score sat for a while. The remainder the second half was mostly back and forth until the Lady Dark Horses turned in one more flurry of attacks with under 5:00 to play.
At 75:11, Spell scored her second goal of the game to make it 6-0 and Barefoot scored her second goal at 79:43 to score the game’s final goal to make it 7-0.
After the game, Clinton head coach Jeff Smith was pleased with how well his team played.
“We played pretty well and moved the ball well. We took some chances and I’m pleased,” Smith said. “We have a good little team. We’re young but I have big hopes for them. Going forward, our goal is to make the playoffs and see where it goes. Hopefully we have a team that can go far,” he concluded.
Over on the Midway side, head coach Trey Apperson was optimistic given the outcome.
“I’m not disappointed at all. Given that we’re just six games into the season I’m really happy with the way we played,” Apperson started. “Clinton is a quality team and we needed this competition. I feel we competed well and we’re progressing. This was a step in the right direction,” he concluded.
With the win, Clinton improves to 6-1-1 overall and 2-0 in the Four County Conference. They will be back in action on Tuesday as they host Union.
For Midway, they fall to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. They are also back in action on Tuesday, hosting Wallace-Rose Hill.
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