Eagles claw way to 3-1 victory at Clinton

Clinton junior Kylee Doty (13) scored Clinton’s only goal against Columbia Central. The Eagles defeated Clinton 3-1. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

CLINTON — The first half of Clinton’s varsity girls soccer match against visiting Columbia Central on Thursday, May 5, featured all of the scoring that would take place.
The first and only goal for the Redskins came just under six minutes into action while the Eagles spread their three goals out in the first-half’s 40 minutes.
Clinton’s Faith Ford played the ball over to Taylor Tschirhart at striker and she found Alexia Rolland who sent the ball inside to center midfielder Kylee Doty. Doty got a kick off just as the Eagle’s keeper was diving for the ball and struck the back of the net to put the Redskins up 1-0. 
Tschirhart, one of the Redskins main goal scorers, limped off the field at the 26:38 mark after tussling with Jenny Panergo and had her left shinbone looked at. She reentered the game approximately five minutes later (21:28) and just eight seconds later the Eagles’ left wing beat senior keeper, Laura Kersey, and sent the ball flying into the Redskins’ net.
Approximately five minutes later (16:48) an almost identical play gave Columbia Central a 2-1 lead.
Columbia Central held control of the ball for a majority of the remaining minutes and with just two seconds remaining in the first half, was awarded a penalty kick after Clinton was called for a handball in the box. The Eagles put the ball in the low right corner of the goal for a two-goal, 3-1, lead at the end of the first half.
Clinton had several scoring opportunities in the second half, however, Columbia Central's sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Tyndall proved to be the best the Redskins have seen all season. “She was challenged at all angles and was still able to keep the ball out of the net,” said Clinton coach Christine Brown.
It was only the second loss of the season for the 8-2-0 Redskins. 
Clinton defeated Onsted 6-0 in an away game on Monday.
The Redskins held a 5-1 lead by the end of the first half with goals by Tschirhart (2), Julia Szubielak (2) and Rolland (1).
Szubielak recorded her first hat trick of the season with the Redskins’ only goal of the second half. “Her play has the team and coaches excited for her future as a Redskin, being that she is only a sophomore,” said coach Brown.
Assists were recorded by Doty (2) and Alexis Bailey (1).
Clinton plays next at home on Thursday at 5:30 against Grass Lake for another Tri-County Conference contest.


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