The Clintonville Boys Soccer Team saw plenty of game action last week, with a rescheduled game at Ripon on Monday, followed by a match with Fox Valley Lutheran on Tuesday, and finishing with a home game against Omro on Thursday evening.
Each game had its own feel, and the play demonstrated that it is early in the season with the Truckers mixing and matching new players with new positions.
Ripon 2, Clintonville 1
Monday’s game at Ripon started off poorly, when the Trucker defense attempted a drop pass that was intercepted by the Tigers. Goalie Bob McCoy was unable to snag the point-blank shot.
Garrett Kuss evened the score when he was able to come out of a scrum in front of the Ripon net with the ball, making the score 1-1.
Another defensive miscue in the second period gave Ripon an easy chance, and Ripon went on to win 2-1.
FVL 3, Clintonville 0
Tuesday’s game with Fox Valley Lutheran (FVL) was an exciting game, as both teams played an aggressive style that generated plenty of chances for both teams. Unfortunately for Clintonville, only FVL converted opportunities in to scores, and the Truckers were defeated 3-0.
Clintonville 7, Omro 2
Thursday saw the host Truckers take a more team-oriented approach, with better ball movement and help defense. Sophomore Jordan Koeppen started the afternoon with his first goal of the season from the 18 yard line.
Four minutes later, senior Paul Kenfield scored his third goal of the season, taking the score to 2-0.
Kuss capped the first half scoring with a hustle goal in front of the Omro net, taking the score at the half to 3-2 for the Truckers.
The second half saw the Clintonville squad play with increased enthusiasm, both offensively and defensively. Omro consistently tried to work the ball downfield for breakaways, but keeper McCoy forced the Omro shooters to alter their shot, or lose the ball to his play.
Kuss, Kenfield and Koeppen each scored another goal in the second half; while senior midfielder Tom Miller knocked home his first goal of the season, to make the final score 7-2. The Truckers’ season record is now 2-2.
“I was disappointed in our effort against Ripon,” said Coach Roger Lupien. “We made too many silly mistakes on defense, and Ripon took advantage of those miscues to score. Overall, the team didn’t play with much enthusiasm.
“The game against FVL turned on three or four plays, for them and for us,” continued Lupien. “We got lazy covering their outside players and paid the price. Our offense had a lot of good chances, but couldn’t buy a goal.
“Thursday’s match against a young team from Omro allowed us to move guys around and try to determine the best combinations as we go forward,” concluded Lupien. “I appreciate the leadership of sweeper Jarren Vanman and goalie McCoy. Their play on the defensive end is crucial to our success.”