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Opening day Blues

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN — After 100 minutes of battle, it all came down to 10 kicks Tuesday afternoon (April 3) as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers opened their 2012 campaign at home against the West Liberty Comets.
The Comets blazed four balls past goalie Casey Rohret while the Clippers only put three past West Liberty’s man, giving the visitors the win. Ryan Hall put CCA on the board around seven minutes into the first half, scoring with the goal wide open and the goalie badly out of position. West Liberty tied the match with 2:54 remaining in regulation play. The 1-1 stalemate turned into two overtime periods of scoring stagnation leading to a volley of penalty kicks to settle the game.
The Comets scored on the first kick, answered in-kind by Hall. West Liberty’s second and third kicks further torpedoed the Clippers. Caleb Sedlacek’s kick was caught while Austin Mussig’s missed its mark. Tim Benson’s crew caught a slight break as the fourth Comet shot was stopped by Rohret while Austin Glandorf’s shot scored. West Liberty launched the final shot before Bryan Marmolejo’s attack was thwarted, giving the Comets cause to celebrate as the dejected Clippers regrouped at the other end of the field.
The Clippers will face Williamsburg at home on Friday, April 13, with varsity action kicking-off at 5 p.m.