Five first-half goals, late tie-breaking kick
By Coach Roger Lupien
The 2016 Truckers soccer team continued its winning ways last week, as Clintonville won both of its matches.
On Sept. 6, Clintonville hosted the Red Robins from Antigo and did not lay an egg, as the Truckers won 5-0.
Sophomore midfielder Marcus Schultz got things rolling as he scored his first varsity goal at the 12-minute mark.
Minutes later, Austin Baird’s crossing pass found senior forward Jordan Koeppen, and Koeppen notched his eighth goal of the season.
At the 21:39 mark of the first half, Koeppen stole an Antigo clearing pass and scored an unassisted goal to make the score 3-0.
Clintonville pushed the score to 4-0, as junior Trevon LeGrave scored his first varsity goal when he converted a pass from senior Josh Schroeder.
The Truckers finished the first half with Schroeder taking a pass from senior Tyler Finger, and scoring his 14th goal of the young season. Clintonville went to halftime with a 5-0 lead. Unfortunately, the weather turned nasty and the contest ended due to lightning.
On Thursday, Sept. 8, conference foe Little Chute came to Clintonville for a much-anticipated match with the Mustangs.
Clintonville got on the board first when midfielder Austin Baird’s crossing pass found junior Cesar Elias, who put the Truckers ahead 1-0. Both teams played a very physical first half, with most of the action taking place in the middle of the field. Junior keeper Seth Betz made two outstanding saves to allow Clintonville to take its 1-0 lead in to the break.
At the 16:15 mark, Little Chute broke through the Truckers’ stingy defense and tied the score at 1-1. The match looked like it was headed to overtime until Schroeder made a tough shot from the left side. The Truckers held on to win 2-1. Clintonville ended its third week of play with an 8-1 record.
While I am glad we won the Little Chute game, there continue to be areas that require attention. I thought that Thursday was our best effort at midfield, and the return of Konnor Raddant had a lot to do with the improvement. Little Chute reminded us of how much tougher conference play will be.