Clinton hosted East Bladen on Thursday night with first place in the Four County Conference standings on the line. The match was a defensive struggle early until Clinton used a mid-first half offensive surge to open up a lead and put the visitor’s away. In the end the Lady Dark Horses wore down a feisty East Bladen defense and sewed up a 6-0 shutout.
The game was a scoreless contest until Clinton’s Alaina Capps found Ashlyn Williams with a nice pass that Williams quickly converted into the Lady Dark Horses first goal at the 21:51 mark. Williams would strike again for Clinton off a free kick at the 26:53 mark to put the game well out of reach.
The Lady Dark Horses added to their lead at the 35:15 mark when Katey Yang sent a near perfect pass across the middle to Alaina Capps who guided the ball into the back of the nets to extend the Clinton lead to 3-0. Alaina Cappps scored her second goal just over a minute later assisted by Elizabeth Coleman at the 36:24 mark, giving the Lady Dark Horses a commanding 4-0 lead that they took into the halftime break.
Capps got the hat trick when she scored her third goal of the match off another Katey Yang assist just 39 seconds into the second half at 40:39. Katey Yang capped the Clitnon scoring at the 54:01 mark when she fired a shot from the right wing that slipped just inside the far post to give the Lady Dark Horses their final margin of victory at 6-0. Yang’s goal was set up by a nice pass from Reagan Barefoot.
After the game Clinton head coach Jeff Smith praised his team saying, “the girls played really well tonight. East Bladen is a very athletic team and they played us tough. This is a big win for us, it basically sews up the conference title.” Smith continued, adding “we have to continue to work hard and get ready for the playoffs. There is a lot we can improve on.”
The win runs Clinton’s record to 14-4 overall and 10-0 in conference play. The win over the 14-2 and 8-2 Lady Eagles all but assures Clinton of another Four County Conference title. Clinton returns to action on Monday night when they travel to Wilmington to take on 4A non-conference foe Hoggard.
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