“I didn’t really expect to get the opportunity,” Thacker said. “It just came right to my foot, and I knew I had to take the shot. It was a good cross by Danny (Stewart).”
DJ Ludemann wanted to join the scoring party, so he scored a goal from just outside the goalie’s box 56 seconds later, putting the River Kings ahead by four goals. Then, 2:56 later, Patrick Newton finished out the scoring frenzy for Clinton by chipping a shot in for the fifth and final goal.
As Thacker mentioned, passing was a strength that Clinton used in its third win.
“I think we get goal-hungry, and I think everyone wanted to score because we were playing Northeast,” Thacker said.
Hagge said all passes that led to goals were crisp passes.
“We’ve been working on that all season,” he said. “This has been a possession game, and that was really encouraging.”
Clinton was coming off of an 8-0 loss to Bettendorf on Thursday night, and that match was a good measuring stick for the River Kings.
“We have some young guys on our team, and they were like deer in the headlights,” Hagge said. “Half of that game we played tough; that’s the top of the tier soccer, and we’re going to run into teams like that all season.”
CLINTON 5, NORTHEAST 0
Northeast 0 0 — 0
Clinton 0 5 — 0
C — Danny Stewart, 42:51
C — Quinn Perry, 60:34
C — Robbie Thacker, 68:48
C — DJ Ludemann, 70:04
C — Patrick Newton, 71:58
Assists: Brett Beckwith 2, Perry, Stewart, Thacker.