Clinton soccer blanks Woodruff in region opener

Mar 09 Written by  MONTE DUTTON

Patrick Nelson scored one goal and assisted the other as Clinton opened its Region 3-3A soccer season with a 2-0 victory over Woodruff at the Red Devils' Clinton Middle School field on Friday night.

Clinton (2-3, 1-0) outshot the Wolverines, 14-4, but mainly squandered opportunities. In the first half alone, one shot bounced off the cross bar, another sailed over by a few feet, and two more skidded just right of the goal mouth. Woodruff (0-6, 0-1) had few scoring opportunities, particularly in the second half.

"For the first 30 minutes of the match, we kind of played Woodruff's game," first-year Clinton head coach John Michael Hammond said. "We kept kicking it back and forth, and it was definitely an exercise in frustration because we were clearly the better team.

"Something changed in the final five minutes of the first half, we started playing our game, possessing the ball. With that first goal, the dam kind of burst, and, from then on, we dominated the match. It was rare that they had the ball on our side of the field."

Sophomore Juan Lawson put the Red Devils on the board with 20:09 remaining in the first half, taking advantage of Nelson's deft corner kick. The Red Devils scored once in each half, the latter on Nelson's goal.

Clinton earlier defeated Woodruff, 4-1, in a non-region match of the Viking Invitational. Chapman visits Clinton on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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