Clinton hosted the Lady Eagles from Elizabeth City Northeastern in first round soccer playoff match on Wednesday night. The Lady Dark Horses staked out an early lead and didn’t let up. It took less than fifty-two minutes for the home team to eliminate the Lady Eagles with a 9-0 mercy rule win.
Clinton got all the scoring they would need when Alaina Capps took a pass from Katey Yang and tickled the twine at the 3:39 mark to give the Lady Dark Horses a 1-0 edge. Capps struck again at 8:21 when she took a corner kick from Ashlyn Williams for Clinton’s second score. Katey Yang took a pass from Ashlyn Williams and dribbled past a defender to fire a point blank shot past the Lady Eagle goalie to lift Clinton to a 3-0 lead at the 15:40 mark.
Alaina Capps picked up her third goal of the night at 34:34 assisted by Ashlyn Williams to push the lead to four and start a late half scoring spree for the Lady Dark Horses. Less than a minute later Capps fired a shot that short hopped the goal keeper, and deflected almost perfectly to a charging Katey Yang who stuffed the deflection into the back of the goal with a well struck header. At 38:22 Reagan Barefoot picked an Alaina Capps pass up in front of the goal and fired a shot that capped off the first half scoring and give Clinton the 6-0 lead at the halfway mark.
The Lady Dark Horses wasted no time getting back on track after intermission. Alaina Capps scored her fourth goal of the night assisted by Katey Yang at 42:32. Yang became the second Lady Dark Horse of the game to get the hat trick when she scored her third goal assisted by Shakira Oseguera at 48:44 to extend the lead to 8-0 in favor of the Lady Dark Horses.
Ashlyn Williams put the cherry on top with a beautiful goal at the 51:51 mark. Williams sent a free kick from 25 yards out into the right corner of the Lady Eagles goal just over the outstretched arms of the goal keeper to seal the 9-0 win and invoke the mercy rule.
After the game Clinton head coach Jeff Smith commented on the first round win, saying, “we played well enough to win which is what you want to do. We will have to play better next time out. We get South Granville in the second round and they have a really good team. The girls will have to be on their game to get past them.”
The win over Northeastern moves Clinton’s record to 19-5 overall and sends them to the second round of the NCHSAA 2A playoffs where they will face South Granville. The Lady Vikings advanced to the second round with a 6-0 win over Edenton-Holmes and brings a 12-3-4 record into the match-up. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Clinton High School Soccer Complex.
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