CLINTON — Out of the three area soccer teams that competed in the Clinton Invitational boys soccer tournament Saturday at Coan Field, Central DeWitt reigned supreme.
DeWitt defeated Davenport Assumption in the championship match 3-1 after taking care of Clinton in the tournament opener, 3-0.
In the opener, Sabers senior Ferre Devos got a hat trick on the River Kings with two goals in the first half, then a goal that Clinton goalie Dawson Salley almost got to, but Devos’s shot squeaked past.
Devos scored his three goals in the 17th, the 19th and 36th minutes.
“That was kind of an ugly game for us,” Clinton Coach Matt Hagge said. “I think we were intimidated, and I think we were standing around too much. You have to keep in mind that DeWitt is a very well-coached team.”
Marquette Catholic also lost its semifinal game to Davenport Assumption 6-0. Much like the River Kings, Mohawks Coach Andrew Bishop thought his team came out slow.
“We started out a little rough,” Bishop said. “We came off a big win against Western Dubuque, so we were excited. We kept with them for the first 20 minutes but didn’t play smart for the last 10 minutes.”
Assumption scored three goals apiece in each half. The Knights got their first goal with 9:03 remaining in the first half, then ended the match scoring two goals on Mohawks goalie Jordan Renner in the last five minutes.
“It was about 45 minutes of good soccer, and I’m not sure where our heads were at for the other 15,” Bishop said.
Marquette had to turn around and play in the consolation game against the River Kings. The Mohawks won 5-0 thanks to two goals from Tyler Banowetz, a Bellevue student who plays with Marquette.
“We seemed to pick up our offense a lot better,” Bishop said. “We made smarter, shorter passes. We’ve got some great speed that we were able to capitalize on.”
DeWitt returned to win the championship match over Assumption, and Sabers junior Nicholas Costello scored two goals.
“The guys came out very focused, and determined, and these guys play key games later this season,” Sabers Coach (and newly-appointed Ashford women’s head coach) Eduardo Garza said. “They sure showed that they’re willing to get better. Right now, looking at the personnel I have, I feel an attacking approach fit the best.”
DeWitt hosts Assumption Tuesday night, and Garza believes Saturday’s title fuels his team’s morale.
“Any win you can get early in the season builds confidence,” Garza said. “Knowing the way we beat Assumption in the way that we did, it sends a message to them and to the team that they’ve improved. They know they can’t stop working because we know our competition won’t stop working.”
<\z186666660308838>CENTRAL DEWITT 3, CLINTON 0
<\Bz186666660308838>Central DeWitt 2 1 — 3
<\Bz186666660308838>Clinton 0 0 — 0
<\z186666660308838>D — Perry Devos, 17:37
<\z186666660308838>D — Devos, 19:24
<\z186666660308838>D — Devos, 36:31
<\z186666660308838>Goalkeepers — Central DeWitt (Justin Schwennen, 60 minutes, 0 goals); Clinton (Dawson Salley 60:00-3).
<\z186666660308838>DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION 6, MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 0
<\Bz186666660308838>Assumption 3 3 — 6
<\Bz186666660308838>Marquette 0 0 — 0
<\z186666660308838>A — Jacob Phillips, 20:57
<\z186666660308838>A — Evan Wadsager, 24:48
<\z186666660308838>A — Trent Fitzpatrick, 27:12
<\z186666660308838>A — Roberto Huizar, 37:42
<\z186666660308838>A — Phillips, 55:25
<\z186666660308838>A — Sam Moore, 56:30
<\z186666660308838>Goalkeepers — Assumption (Andrew Toohey 60 minutes, 0 goals, 2 saves); Marquette (Jordan Renner, 60 minutes, 6 goals, 11 saves). Yellow card — Marquette bench 32:50.