Clarkdale boys 4
Northeast Lauderdale 2
The Clarkdale boys completed the sweep later in the night, taking down the Trojans 4-2.
The Bulldogs took momentum early, as Colby Winham scored in the 27th minute to give Clarkdale a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs did not let up from there, adding a goal from Jack Christopher in stoppage time, as the freshman made it 2-0 as he knocked in the ball off a corner kick.
Northeast rallied back in the second half as Jake Perry knocked in a goal off the far post to cut the lead to 2-1 in the 52nd minute. However, Reggie Pech stole momentum right back for Clarkdale 17 minutes later, scoring off a cross in the box to give the Bulldogs a comfortable two-goal lead.
“We knew it was going to be a close game,” Clarkdale boys soccer coach Steve Dennis said. “We knew Northeast was going to be a good team. When we made that third goal, it gave us a lot of wind and put a lot of wind in our sails.”
Northeast’s Christian Roberts would once again trim the lead to one goal, scoring in late in the second half. However, Northeast Lauderdale head coach Jermaine McAlpine elected not to risk injuring his starters in a non-district game and put in his junior varsity squad with 13 minutes remaining. To their credit, the JV Trojans hung with the Bulldogs to close out the game, running with Clarkdale before allowing a goal in stoppage.
“They played well,” McAlpine said of the JV team. “If they were a little bigger and stronger, I think they would have put a few goal in.”
Clarkdale will host Sacred Heart on Thursday, while Northeast travels to West Lauderdale on Tuesday.