By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN— It was a blowout and soccer clinic rolled into one last Monday, May 21, as the Washington Demons visited Clear Creek Amana (CCA). The Demons came into the first round of the substate tournament winless, while the Clippers had 10 wins under their belts.
The mis-match was quickly apparent.
Ryan Hall scored before the first minute was up as the Clippers unleashed a barrage on the besieged Demons. Two minutes later, Mani Espinoza scored. Another two minutes, and another Clipper goal went on the board, this time by Caleb Sedlacek. Ten minutes into the match, Sedlacek scored again and CCA was up 4-0. Hall earned his hat trick with back-to-back goals making it 6-0 with 26:52 left in the half.
And the Clippers were just getting warmed up.
Jon Jacobson, a freshman, scored with 15 minutes left in the half, after Washington had replaced their keeper. Following a break, Hall returned to the game and scored his fourth goal with just over three minutes to go. Mere seconds later, Sedlacek got a hat trick of his own, making it 9-0. Austin Mussig blasted one past the goalie thirty seconds after Sedlacek’s goal while Tyrone Simpson got his first goal of the season in the final minute.
There is no mercy rule in boys’ soccer, and the barrage continued in the second half with Simpson scoring inside the first three minutes, against the Demons’ third keeper of the match. Sedlacek or “Lub” as his fans called-out, made his fourth goal of the night for a lucky 13-0 lead. Miguel Mosaquites scored the 14th and final goal with just shy of 17 minutes remaining. For Mosaquites, it was his first of the season as well.
“We played well, we took care of business,” an un-flappable Tim Benson said of his Clippers. Even though he expected little in the way of resistance, Benson was taking no chances. “I told our guys to play like its 0-0. You can’t not play hard.” Benson took advantage of the opportunity to get his entire bench some time on the field, especially valuable as the Clippers (11-4 record) advanced to face undefeated Keokuk Wednesday evening in Keokuk. In that contest, the Clippers knocked-off the Chiefs 3-1, setting up a Saturday Substate Final in Mount Pleasant against the Mount Pleasant Panthers for the right to compete at the State Tournament in Des Moines.