CLINTON — The Clinton River Queens historically play Davenport North close in girls soccer, including a victory last year by one goal.
This year was a different story as the Wildcats put the hurt on the Queens, winning 4-0 on Tuesday at Coan Field. Clinton had only a handful of possessions and a couple of excellent shots on target in the loss. North seemed to always be in control and was in possession in the Clinton side of the field.
The first goal came 13 minutes into the game with a shot that just slithered under Clinton goalkeeper Jenna Stremlow. Hannah Rohlf of North was being pressured by Clinton defender Mackenzie Cady near the Clinton goal. Stremlow decided to come out and try to pounce on the ball. Rohlf was able to get a shot off, and it just squeaked by Stremlow to easily make its way into the back of the net.
Just one minute later, the Queens got their best shot of the night to score a goal. Gracie Buech beat her defender on the right side of the field. She had Hannah Burken in the middle and sent an excellent cross to Burken. It was placed perfectly on Burken’s foot, but the shot went 6 inches right of the near post and out for a goal kick.
“I wish I had that chance back,” Burken screamed. “I would’ve put a little more bend on the shot to try and hit the corner of the goal.”
North’s second goal came at 23rd minute mark in the first half by way of a penalty. The referee caught a Clinton defender with a handball in the 18-yard box. He pointed to the penalty spot in favor of the Wildcats. Usually these are pressure-packed moments, but Alexa Harper of North calmly and crisply put the penalty far away in the back right corner, where Stremlow had no chance of reaching it.
North doubled the score in the second half with a long-range shot by Harper for her second goal and a Coral Dillie goal that was tucked away in the left corner in the 55th minute.
Clinton had another opportunity from a set piece as a handball was called just outside of the Wildcat’s penalty box. Junior Sam McCue had the opportunity to take the 20 yard strike. She wound up and ended up striking the ball a couple yards above the goal.
The last real chance the Queens had was late in the contest. Burken had possession of the ball with her back to the goal. She went for a “turn and shoot” attempt, but an excellent save by Wildcats keeper Jenn Ringsdorf kept the shutout going.
Both coaches put in substitutes the last 5-10 minutes and the buzzer sounded.
Clinton Coach Spencer Mesick saw negatives and positives in the end result.
“As a team, we need to communicate better defensively,” he said. “We play a lot of man-to-man defense, and the girls at times lost their mark. North has some great athletes who played hard and got physical. We will be watching game tape and getting on the practice field to turn things around … the season is still getting started.”
Clinton will head to Davenport on Thursday to take on Assumption.
DAVENPORT NORTH 4, CLINTON 0
North 2 2 — 4
Clinton 0 0 — 0
DN — Hannah Rohlf 13:08
DN — Alexa Harper (pk) 23:01
DN — Harper 44:26
DN — Coral Dillie 55:14
Shots — Davenport North 16, Clinton 13. Goalkeepers — North (Jenn Ringdorf 64:15 minutes-4 saves; Brooklynn Herrera 15:45-0 ); Clinton (Jenna Stremlow 75:55-2; Haley Burken 4:05-0). Corner kicks—North 6, Clinton 4. Yellow cards — None.