The Trucker varsity soccer team took on the Gresham/Bowler Panthers on Thursday, Sept. 11, and the teams battled to a 1-1 tie.
The Truckers were coming off an Eastern Valley Conference win at Little Chute and were looking for their fourth straight win. The Panthers had other plans, scoring quickly in the game on a rebound shot to take a 1-0 lead.
The game became very physical as the teams settled in, as the referees made numerous stops to award free kicks off penalties.
Clintonville tied the score with 17 minutes left in the first half when senior Paul Kenfield ripped a shot from the right side that beat the Gresham/Bowler goal keeper to tie the score at 1-1.
The second half continued much the same as the first, with the play being chippy and the quality of soccer being low.
Trucker defenders Jarren Vanman and Jesse Breitrick kept the visitors from getting many good shots at the Clintonville goal. Trucker goal keeper Bob McCoy finished the game with 14 saves.
Meanwhile, Clintonville had some excellent chances to win the game, but could not finish; and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
“Give Gresham a lot of credit. Their sweeper and goalie made a lot of great plays to keep them in the game. Both Kenfield and Garrett Kuss had numerous goal scoring chances and couldn’t find the back of the net,” said Coach Roger Lupien. “We did not move the ball as crisply, or as often, as we did in our win at Little Chute. The score reflects our decision to play ‘rec’ soccer. We will get back to practice and see if we can figure out how to play a little more consistently.”
With the tie, the Truckers’ season record now sits at 4-2-1.