Getting to district play was a major victory in itself for the Clyde girls soccer program.
Needless to say, though disappointed in the outcome and finality of his team’s historic season, Fliers coach Chip Friedberg could only praise the efforts of his team, despite falling 6-0 to ninth-ranked Clear Fork in Tuesday’s Division II district semifinals played on a chilly night at Ashland Community Stadium.
“I’m excited and couldn’t be prouder of these girls,” Friedberg said. “We got beat tonight by a better team with more experience.
“That’s how it works. But we played hard and worked hard the whole (time)and you can’t ask for more than that.”
Clyde won its first sectional championship this season with a 3-1 win over Sandusky. Before Friedberg’s arrival in 2012, the Fliers had won one game a season twice, and had zero wins before that.
Clyde was 6-10-1 in Friedberg’s first year and finishes 9-7-1 after Tuesday’s defeat at the hands of the Colts (13-4).
“I’m ecstatic at where we’ve gotten,” Friedberg said. “These have learned a lot of stuff in two years. The next thing is getting them to move in small triangles, like Clear Fork was doing to us tonight.
The Fliers started two freshmen, along with two girls who had never played soccer before, three girls with no soccer experience before last year and two sophomores.
“Most of the stuff these guys learned was when they were 10 years old and then didn’t do it again for five years or more,” Friedberg said. “Or, I had to teach them, myself, in camp this past summer and throughout our season.”
MacKenzie Golden, Deijah Swihart, Camryn Crill, Taylor Cook and Breezy Argenio all had first half goals for Cleark Fork, which led 5-0 at the half. Golden scored 3:57 in, while Swihart’s header off Taylor Hetsler’ corner kick upped Clear Fork’s advantage to 2-0 with 32:30 left in the half. Crill scored just 1:05 later for a commanding 3-0 cushion.
Swihart tallied a second goal at the 30:47 mark of the second half.
Clyde goalkeeper Alyssa Friedberg made 13 saves. The Fliers were out-shot 28-0 and gave up six corner kicks.
“Working hard, playing good defense and creating opportunities off those things,” said Friedberg of the Fliers’ strategy for attacking the Colts. “Against Mansfield Senior in the sectional game, (the Colts) scored nine goals and had 15 in their last regular season game. That’s a goal-scoring machine.
“But tonight, we just couldn’t create any opportunities.”