Clyde hung with, and even outplayed Perkins at times for the final 60 minutes Monday but fell 2-0 in a Division II sectional semifinal.
The first 20 minutes, however, belonged to the Pirates as they scored twice to build an early lead.
The Pirates missed on several opportunities in the opening minutes as Clyde goalkeeper Jacob Roach made some nice saves and one shot hit the crossbar before freshman Danush Kota converted from about 10 feet out at 34:04 to break the scoreless tie. Nearly 13 minutes later, junior Nick Sennish, after his initial shot was stopped by Roach, recovered and converted on the second attempt for a two-goal advantage midway through the first half.
Perkins (2-12-2) had 12 shots on goal in the first half compared to Clyde’s six before the Fliers responded with some aggressive play in the second half.
“It was heartbreaking,” Clyde head coach Larry Norman said of losing the game. “We gave up two goals early and couldn’t buy (a goal). We had the ball on their end a lot in the second half. Perkins played a good game. I’m real happy with the way we played this season.”
After falling behind 2-0, the Fliers (5-11) managed to thwart all of Perkins’ remaining opportunities but could not score.
Clyde had six shots on goal in the second half to none for the Pirates, but it couldn’t catch a break and was never able to get within a goal of the lead.
Clyde, which set program records this year for wins in a season (five) and league wins in a season (two), loses eight seniors in Thomas Ariaans, Dristen Cook, Greg Koviak, Kevin Langenfelder, Seth Magers, Alex Medley, D.J. Stanley and Kalidullin Bauryzhan.
“We have quite a lot of seniors,” Norman said. “We have three four-year letter winners and a three-year letter winner. They really helped us out a lot and meant a lot to the program.”