The Trucker boys varsity soccer team defeated the Little Chute Mustangs 4-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
The wind howled, the rain came and went, and the Truckers’ Varsity Soccer Team walked off the home pitch with their second conference win of the season.
Clintonville’s 4-1 decision over the Mustangs of Little Chute was definitely a contest with both the opponent and the elements. Little Chute won the opening coin flip, and chose to take the wind for the first half.
With gusts of nearly 30 miles per hour, Clintonville had a tough time moving towards the opponent’s goal. They did manage to get a tying goal as Brandon Andersen found mid-fielder Juan Hernandez with a crossing pass, and Hernandez buried the ball in the back of the Little Chute goal.
After changing goals at half-time, and getting the wind at their backs, the Truckers picked up their pace of play. Senior Ehrich George beat the Little Chute Goalie on a penalty kick at the 23:20 mark of the second period. Four minutes later, Senior Forward Stephen Davies bent the ball around the near goalpost on a corner kick, giving the Truckers a 3-1 lead. Davies finished the game’s scoring with his second goal; and was assisted by sophomore Connor Gehrke. The victory left the Truckers with a 2-1 mark in conference play.
“The team played a lot looser in the second half; and moved the ball with authority. It was a true team effort. We got called for a penalty early in the game that Little Chute converted, but our defense shut them down for the rest of the game. Except for the lousy conditions, everyone seemed to be having fun and playing well. We’ll see if we can keep it rolling,” commented Coach Roger Lupien.