Clinton takes out Vicksburg

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 10, 2009

For most soccer teams, having a player ejected means it’s time to tighten up the defense. For Clinton, it was time to mash on the gas.

Clinton scored two goals in a five-minute span after Alexis Pauline was red-carded midway through the first half Friday night, and tacked on another one late in the second half to beat Vicksburg High 4-2.

Madison McKee scored twice for Clinton (12-1-1), Ashley Goodlett had two assists, and Heather Miller and Caroline Metz each got one goal. Diari Gilliam and Becky Wilson scored the goals for Vicksburg (8-7), which lost its second stright game. VHS goal keeper Kelli Brewer made seven saves and assisted on a goal.

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“They’re down a player and it still looks like they’ve got more players than we do. We tried, but there’s just some things we don’t do well,” Vicksburg coach Kevin Manton said. “The goals have been our mistakes. Opponents are capitalizing on our mistakes.”

Five of the game’s six goals came in the first half. Miller knocked in a rebound eight minutes in and Gilliam scored on a breakaway nine minutes later to tie it at 1-1.

In the 24th minute of the half, Pauline received a hard red card and was ejected for punching VHS’ Amber Dissoe-Lynn after the players got tangled and fell to the turf. That forced Clinton to play short-handed the rest of the way.

It hardly seemed to matter. The Lady Arrows continued to press the attack, and with nine minutes left in the first half Metz dribbled up the right wing, through the VHS defense, and beat Brewer with a high line drive to put her team back in front. Five minutes later, McKee was tackled in the goal box and converted a penalty kick for a 3-1 lead.

(B) Clinton 5, VHS 0

Austin Wyman scored two goals, and Clinton rolled to an easy win over Vicksburg.

(G) WC 3, Brookhaven 1

Chelsea Duett scored the go-ahead goal in the second half, and Lindsey Barfield added the clincher to lead Warren Central. Shannon Richter scored WC’s other goal. Lindsay Burris and Julie Waddle had assists.

(B) WC 2, Brookhaven 1

Erik Chappell scored on a penalty kick, and assisted Trey Wilson on another score to lead the Vikings (6-5) to the win.


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