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Clipper girls start soccer season 2-0

Road win in Wellman leads to victory at home
Natalie Schwarting heads the ball in varsity action last Tuesday, April 8, in Tiffin against the Central Clinton of DeWitt Sabers. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls varsity soccer team opened its season with a 3-0 road win last Monday (April 7) against Mid-Prairie in Wellman and followed it the next day with a 6-1 win over Central Clinton of DeWitt at home.
At Wellman, the Clippers took a 2-0 lead at the half with a pair of goals by Kelsey Hall off assists by the Bormann sisters, Emma and Hannah. The pair teamed up in the second half as Emma scored on an assist from Hannah.
Clipper coach Matt Harding pointed out CCA outshot the Golden Hawks 17-3.
The next day, the Clippers defended their turf against the Sabers of Central Clinton of DeWitt. Before the match, Harding said having two matches in two days was tough, but despite persistent strong winds, the Clippers had little trouble.
Emma Bormann scored in the fifth minute off an assist from Hannah, who scored about three minutes later with an assist from Hall to make it 2-0. The score held until 1:34 left in the first half when the Clippers’ signals were crossed and the Sabers’ ball rolled into the CCA goal.
“We challenged the girls to keep DeWitt out of our goal, and were fine except for one miscommunication, which led to the goal,” Harding said.
In the second half the Clippers turned their sails into the wind and unleashed a relentless barrage on the Sabers’ goal and beleaguered keeper. Hannah Bormann scored twice in about a minute, tapping in the first off an assist from Claire Austin, then showing some razz-mattazz as she made a flying header off a Hall corner kick. Hall scored a few minutes later when she torpedoed-in a shot with an assist by Hannah.
With 14 minutes left to play, the Sabers rattled and mounted a charge on the Clipper goal, nearly scoring but for Clipper keeper Sarah Johnson throwing herself on the ball.
With 11 minutes to go, Hannah Bormann scored again, dribbling around DeWitt’s exasperated keeper and tapping in her fourth and the team’s sixth goal of the match.
“Shot stats were a little more even,” Harding said, “looks like we outshot them 15-10.” The coach, in his second year with the Clippers, is pleased with his crew’s effort so far.
“A lot of new faces in the lineup this year, and they’ve been doing an excellent job of putting in the effort to learn to play in our system.”
The Creek girls will entertain Vinton-Shellsburg Thursday, April 17, with a 5 p.m. start time. On Tuesday, April 22, Benton Community visits CCA.