CLINTON — It’s always more fun when the underdog takes down the favorite.
Clinton’s girls soccer team won its first postseason soccer match in 19 years on Wednesday after defeating Davenport Central 2-0, thanks to a pair of goals from Hannah Burken.
“It’s hard to put in words what this win means,” said Clinton coach Spencer Mesick after the win. “These girls, and the seniors especially, have worked their tails off to get this program where they want to be, and they certainly deserved it.”
Burken’s first goal came in the 21st minute when Emma Gettes’s first shot bounced off of Central goalie Oliviana Kramer, then Burken found a rebound and put the ball right down the middle to give the River Queens the early lead.
“I got a beautiful cross from Emma that bounced off the goalie, went in, and it was really nice to tap it in,” Burken said.
The second goal from the Clinton sophomore came not long after halftime — it was all set up by fellow sophomore Lexi Myli in the 44th minute.
“I got a beautiful pass from Lexi coming down the field, went around one of their defenders, and tapped that one in, too,” Burken said. “We were all pretty fired up after that one.”
Defense was just as strong as Burken’s pair of goals. Mesick credits that to Hunter Chapman and Hannah Dehner.
“We had them marked up to defend Morgan Teel, and those two just shut her down,” Mesick said. “They didn’t give her an opportunity to shoot, and she didn’t have any assists. Because of those two, the chorus of the team couldn’t find their offense.”
Dehner had doubts that she would even see the pitch on Wednesday due to a recently sprained ankle.
“I’m definitely glad I was here to be able to play with the girls,” Dehner said. “It was a win we definitely needed, a win we definitely deserved.”