Looking to protect their unblemished record Clinton hosted the Hawks from Triton High School on Tuesday night in a non-conference soccer match.
The Dark Horses broke out of the gates early, spending most of the first half in possession of the ball, scoring early and keeping pressure on the Hawks goal keeper all night. In the end the Dark Horses were just too much for the Hawks, taking a convincing 7-0 win and preserving their unbeaten streak.
Clinton opened the scoring when Luke Byrd fired in the first goal of the contest to give the Horses a 1-0 lead at the 4:21 mark. It took only five minutes for the Horses to strike again when Spell Carr lobbed a pass over the outstretched arms of the Hawk’s keeper, placing it perfectly near the left post where Andrew Warren was waiting to head in the second Clinton score at the 9:04 mark of the first half.
Ivan Ponce punched in the third Dark Horse goal at 13:51 when Andrew Warren fired a shot from the corner which was deflected by a Hawk Defender, pulling the goalie out of position and allowing the alert Ponce to kick the ball into the back of Triton’s goal.
The Hawk’s goal keeper put on an impressive performance for the remainder of the first half deflecting several Clinton shots and keeping the deficit at 3-0 heading into the halftime break.
Peter Darden added to Clinton’s lead at the 51:59 mark of the game with a goal assisted by Spell Carr on a set piece. Less than a minute later, Spell Carr, fired in a close range goal when Peter Darden took the ball deep into the box and found Carr with a nice pass right in front of the Triton goal to give the Horses a 5-0 lead.
Senior Tyler Kersey split two defenders and fired in the sixth goal of the contest at the 69:03 mark. Zack Darden finished off the Dark Horse scoring driving the ball past the back line and into the net for the seventh goal at the 73:49 mark of the game.
Clinton head coach Brad Spell praised his team for their unselfish play saying, “I thought we moved the ball extremely well tonight. I am really impressed with our communication this year, the guys really seem to be taking that to heart his year, they have realized how important that is to our success. I am just really proud of how everyone has accepted their roles, there is no greed on this team.”
The win over Triton moves Clinton to 6-0 on the season and gives the Dark Horses a chance to make history in their next game. Spell explained, “We are going to face some tough competition in our next two matches. We play Dixon on Thursday and East Duplin next Tuesday so we will find out what this team is made of. We have a chance to go 7-0 with a win over a great Dixon team and that is something that we have never accomplished as a program.”
The Dark Horse JV won their fourth in a row with a 6-0 win over the Triton J-V. Skylar Cannady scored a pair of goals in the win for the Horses. Reid Taylor, Ty Randleman, Logan Bell and Jared Stephenson scored one goal each for Clinton.
JV head coach Mitchell Brewington was pleased with his team’s play, saying, “we played well again tonight, our boys moved the ball well and we got goals from five different players. The guys played focused, which was a concern of mine since we had already played Triton earlier this year, but they kept their focus and intensity level up. I am real proud of the way they are playing.”
Clinton will be in action again on Thursday night when they host Dixon with a 4:30 J-V match and Varsity kickoff scheduled for 6:30 at the Darkness Soccer Complex.