CLINTON — One game. One win.
The Clinton River Queens took it to Northeast, taking the girls soccer victory 2-0 on Friday night at Coan Field. From the feet of Hannah Burken and Hannah McDonnel, the River Queens put two goals in the back of the net.
The first goal was scored on a one-time chance by McDonnel. The ball came on her fast and she looked up to see that she had plenty of room around her. Without hesitation, McDonnel took the shot from around 15 yards out. Lobbing the shot over the defenders and the goalkeeper.
“The ball came on to me and I had space, so I just ripped the shot,” McDonnel said. “I am a defender, so I don’t usually get to take shots like that. This wasn’t just my first goal of the season, it was my first goal of my career at the high school level. I will be looking for more this season.”
The second came on a beautiful strike from Hannah Burken. Earlier in the game, she had fast break against the goalkeeper after passing the defenders. Burken attempted the shot, but it ricocheted off her shin and went off target. She wanted a second chance.
“I was running out of breath a little bit and I was getting antsy when to shoot and when not to shoot,” she said. “I could have taken a couple more touches, but I’m glad I got another chance.”
She didn’t disappoint with her second breakaway opportunity. Burken was 10 yards out on an odd angle, way left of the frame of the goal. She found space and struck it in the right upper ninety of the frame where the keeper had no chance of saving it.
“There was nobody on me for a few yards, I had the time and I curved it right above the goalie,” Burken said. “We played a great team game out there, and I have my teammates to thank for the opportunity to score.”
Clinton Coach Spencer Mesick was impressed with the opener, especially with his team’s passing and possession.
“We played excellent team ball tonight,” he said. “The girls talked out on the field all night and kept organized. Jenna (Stremlow, Clinton’s goalkeeper) took care of the goal with a couple of nice saves, and we ended up winning our first match. We lost a lot of senior leadership from last year, and that will be hard to replace, but I believe we will have a pretty good season overall.
The Rebels and the River Queens continue their season campaigns with home matches Tuesday. Northeast will go up against Cedar Valley Christian and the River Queens will clash with Davenport West at the Ashford facility. Both matches will start at 5 p.m.
NORTHEAST 0 CLINTON 2
Northeast 0 0 — 0
Clinton 1 1 — 2
C -- Hannah McDonnel
C -- Hannah Burken, 77:01
Shots — Northeast, 5 Clinton 16. Goalkeepers — Northeast (Haley Bielenberg 80 minutes 2 goals); Clinton (Jenna Stremlow 80:00 0 goals, 2 saves).