Clintonville soccer team beats Waupaca
After a 2-4 loss at Marinette on Oct. 6, the Clintonville Truckers soccer team overcame Waupaca 2-1 on Thursday, Oct. 8.
Clintonville soccer coach Roger Lupien said a physical practice following some poor playing at Marinette got the Truckers back on track for the Waupaca game.
“Clintonville had never beaten Waupaca in soccer, and Thursday’s match was doubly important for the Truckers,” Lupien said. “First, Waupaca is still a conference foe, and second, they are part of the upcoming regional group for the state tournament.”
Jordan Koeppen scored both Clintonville goals. Sophomore Ben Wespetal’s play on a 50-50 ball went to Koeppen, and although his shot was deflected by the Waupaca goalie, it still crossed the line.
“Getting on the board early seemed to relax everyone,” Lupien said.
Koeppen’s second goal was a team effort. Josh Schroeder stole the ball and put it at the 18-yard line. Both Koeppen and midfielder Ryan Krieser made a move on the ball, but senior captain Garrett Kuss called Krieser off the play. Koeppen buried the shot and put the score at 2-0.
Waupaca scored just prior to the half. The second half intensified, but Lupien credited Waupaca’s inability to tie the game to the Truckers’ defense of Cesar Elias, Jamie Breitrick, Kyle Pensis, Nick Scoen and goalie Bob McCoy.
The win gives the Truckers a 10-win season.