In their final game of the regular season, the Clinton Dark Horses lost their first soccer game of the year. Their previous blemish had came against Dixon, but that game concluded in a 1-1 tie.
This time, Wallace-Rose Hill, the back-to-back 1A State Champions, took down the Dark Horses 1-0.
Wallace controlled the ball and possession for about 70 percent of the first half. They got on the board in the second half, with 24 minutes left to play in the game.
Clinton responded well after falling behind, but could never find the back of the net. They had some good looks, but it was just one of those evenings where things weren’t falling Clinton’s way.
“I was proud of the way our guys fought back after falling behind,” admitted Clinton’s head coach Brad Spell. “I just knew we were going to sneak in a few goals early, but we just couldn’t find the net. Wallace is a great team, and we aren’t going to let this get us down.”
Clinton is still the Four-County Conference Champion and are eyeing a very high seed in the state playoffs. Brackets should be announced by early next week.
“We should know by Monday around lunch,” continued Spell. “I think that we will be the overall number two seed in the region, which would mean that we would get at least four home games.”
Despite the loss, it is still a record-setting season for Clinton. Their 22 wins is a new school record, and they have high hopes of making a deep playoff run. They have the coaching and players to do it, and luckily for them, the chances of them facing a team as talented as Wallace before the fourth round is very slim.
Sometimes losses are a good thing, and with the conference championship already wrapped up, this could be a wake-up call that gets Clinton refocused to make a deep run in the playoffs.
Clinton finished the regular season at 22-1-1.