The Clintonville soccer team continued its roller coaster season last week with a convincing win, a significant conference loss, and a hard-fought tie in a four day period.
Last Monday, the Antigo Red Robins traveled to Clintonville and left a 6-1 loser.
The Truckers got on the board first, with a goal by senior forward Paul Kenfield. The Truckers were able to control the pace of the game throughout the first period, with midfielders Tom Miller, Jordan Koeppen, and Josh Schroeder moving the ball to open players on the outside.
A second goal by Kenfield and another by Senior Blake Hauser pushed the Clintonville advantage to 3-0.
Antigo scored just before the half, making the score 3-1 at the break.
A swarming Trucker defense, led by senior Jarren Vanman, limited the Red Robins to a total of four shots on goal for the contest. Kenfield notched two more goals in the second half, giving him a rare four-goal game.
Senior Aaron Morse scored his first varsity goal with 5:42 left in the match; making the final score 6-1.
Tuesday’s conference tilt with the Comets from Waupaca was the exact opposite of the match with Antigo. The Clintonville offense never got on track and it’s normally reliable defense made numerous errors as Waupaca won 5-0.
Finally, the Truckers played host to visiting Wautoma. Clintonville controlled both halves of the contest, rolling up more than 60 minutes of ball possession. Unfortunately for Clintonville, Wautoma’s goalie made quality saves on everything the Truckers sent his way. Clintonville’s goalie, Bob McCoy, did likewise, making seven saves, and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
The shutout was the fifth of the season for Clintonville’s defense and goalie. Going in to the last full week of the season, Clintonville’s record stands at 6-5-4.
“The lack of consistency has plagued our offense for the entire year,” said Coach Roger Lupien. “We had a few good chances against Waupaca, but couldn’t convert. Mostly, Waupaca came to play and we didn’t.
“The game with Wautoma again demonstrated poor execution on our part,” he continued. “We had more than enough chances to put the game away, and didn’t get the job done. Our defense and keeper kept us in the game and Wautoma’s keeper was one of the two best goalies we have seen this year.
“The guys understand the options built in this offensive structure, but don’t always trust in each other,” concluded Lupien. “We will continue to work on the offense as the tournament gets closer.”