Clyde’s boys soccer team trailed by one goal midway through the second half Wednesday but Port Clinton quickly re-extended the cushion in a 6-3 victory over the Fliers in the Sandusky Bay Conference.
“We’ve had three bad games in a row and (Wednesday) we came in and played a really good team at a good pace,” Clyde coach Larry Norman said. “We’ll consider it a victory after the last three.”
Kazakhstan exchange student Bauyrzhan Kalidullin scored to make it 4-3. The Redskins’ goalkeeper made a diving save before Kalidullin put in the rebound.
Simon Schulz, however, scored his third goal of the game a short time later.
Tristen Cook opened the scoring with a goal for Clyde (2-5, 1-3) about 8 minutes in before Port Clinton tied the score on a penalty shot shortly after Fliers goaltender Jacob Roach made an excellent quick reaction save off a shot from Schulz.
“We’ve got more skill,” Norman said in comparison to past Fliers teams. “We played young players last year and they’ve come back. We have more tactical strategy and the kids are improving.”
Landon Kiser scored off a rebound to tie the game at 2 midway through the first half. Kiser is playing soccer as a sophomore for the first time and the goal was the first of his career.
Junior David Murphy was strong on defense for Clyde.
“David did not play last year but he did as a freshman,” Norman said. “He’s tenacious and he’s probably the rock on defense.”
Fliers girls finish strong
Clyde’s girls trailed by three before senior Kelly Wolenslegel scored with about 12 minutes left. She powered a shot through Port Clinton’s goalie from a tough angle and followed shortly thereafter by ringing a shot off the underside of the crossbar that stayed out in the Fliers’ 5-1 setback in the SBC.
“I’m proud of what they did,” Clyde coach Chip Friedberg said. “They didn’t quit. They picked it up after (our first) goal.”
Wolenslegel has only been playing soccer for two years. She called Friedberg at 10 p.m. the night before practice was to start her junior year to inform him she’d like to join the squad.
“A couple of her friends play and she learned to play on her own,” Friedberg said. “She was there at 6 a.m. to work the next day. We made her a captain after all the work she put in.”
Two freshmen and four sophomores start for Clyde (3-3, 2-2).
“Before last year we won two games in five years,” Friedberg said. “Last year we won seven. This year we’re .500 six games in.
“We’re a young team growing. We’re excited about the future.”