CLINTON – Clinton, a soccer team struggling to find an offense, found just enough Friday to tie unbeaten Tupelo, 1-1, in a physical battle between Class 6A schools at Arrow Field.
Trey Wilkerson scored the tying goal off a corner kick by Jackson Oliver in the 35th minute for Clinton.
“Give them credit, they finished on their opportunity,” Tupelo coach Harris Faucette said. “They played a good game. They didn’t let us do what we wanted to do.
“We’ve got to put this one behind us and move on. We’ve got to come ready to play tomorrow.”
Tupelo (7-0-2) plays matches today at Germantown High School – against the host team and Brandon. Clinton (1-7-2) hosts Oak Grove today.
The Golden Wave took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute when Chase Cernigiaro blasted a shot from the top of the arc past Clinton keeper Taylor Williamson.
On the play, Kevin Armstrong pressed the Clinton defender to get the ball. Bryce Hunt enventually cleared the ball to Cernigiaro, who was racing toward the goal with Armstrong.
“I thought about (passing to Armstrong) before I kicked it,” Cernigiaro said, then smiled. “He said, ‘You better not miss this shot!’’’
Cernigiaro was frustrated with the Golden Wave’s effort on offense. He missed another goal opportunity in the 57th minute on an attempt in front of the goal.
“We got too caught up in what was going on in the game,” he said. “We tried to hit the long ball more.”
Added Faucette, “We didn’t possess the ball and put passes together.”
(G) Clinton 1, Tupelo 0: The Lady Wave (9-1) suffered its first loss of the season, falling to the Lady Arrows (10-3-2) on a second-half goal by Kaylon Johnson.
Clinton’s goal came in the 62nd minute when Ashlee Maddox fed a pass to Johnson.
The match, played in a steady drizzle, saw both teams missed on numerous scoring opportunities.
The Lady Wave returns to action today with matches at Germantown and against Brandon.