Thursday night, Clitntonville did something no other boys soccer team from the school within the past decade can say: they defeated the Shawano Hawks. Clintonville earned a 3-0 shutout at home.
“First time I think Clintonville has beaten Shawano in about 10 years, so the kids had a good effort,” Trucker coach Roger Lupien said after the game. “We may have mentioned it once or twice yesterday in practice, but this is a nice team.”
Things started poorly early for Shawano when goalkeeper Seth Westphal dropped a ball kicked by Matthew Morse, which ended up rolling into the net to give Clintonville the 1-0 lead. Then late in the first half, Nick Schoen scored on a header that came off a corner kick to make it 2-0.
Clintonville struck early in the second half on a goal from Kevin Ramirez to push the lead to three.
The Truckers controlled the ball throughout most of the match, missing a couple of close shots on goal, but they still dominated the possession for their first win of the year.
Not only was the win the first over Shawano in a while, but it’s also a step in the right direction for a team that’s still getting their footing.
“We lost seven starters from last year, so we’re still trying to figure out who’s who and what’s what, but we made decent progress from Tuesday to Thursday and now we get to play again on Saturday,” said Lupien.