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April 24, 2013

Spartans in control over Clinton

CLINTON — Tuesday’s contest started as a blitz and ended in a blank in the Clinton High score column.

Through 80 minutes of play, the River Queens soccer team rarely pushed the ball on the offensive side of the field and spent most of the game fending off a barrage of Pleasant Valley scoring attempts.

The Spartans still scored seven times, with five in the first half. Clinton goalkeeper Hannah Dehner was replaced in the second half after wet conditions turned several would-be saves into goals.

Meanwhile, Bekah Allen led Pleasant Valley, netting a hat trick early in the second half, and feeding teammate Stephanie D’Cruz for the game’s final goal, the score (by then) out of reach at 7-0.

In all, the Spartans had 18 shots on goal compared with Clinton’s one (which was easily saved by Pleasant Valley keeper Cora Meyers). Yet, if there’s room for optimism, Clinton co-coaches Spencer Mesick (second year) and Bill Feaster (first) were emboldened by a couple of things.

“This team, last year, 10-goaled us two minutes into the second half,” Mesick said. In fact, the Spartans had put up double digits on Clinton each of the past four seasons.

“We’re playing everyone a lot closer than we did in the past,” Feaster added. “Last week, we went down to Muscatine and shut them out for the first three-quarters of the game. We took the loss, but it was pretty darn close.”

This year’s Queens rely heavily on freshmen talent. They are without last year’s leading scorer — 2012 graduate Paige Barsema, who had 18 total points — and the coaches are still waiting for someone to fill that void. Freshman Emma Gettes remains the team’s only goal-getter with one on the season.

“There’s no person who’s our go-to,” Mesick said. “It’s going to take a full-team effort to get wins.”

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