By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Sometimes a loss can rejuvenate a team and spur them on to victory the next go-around. For the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity soccer squad, a recent loss to West Delaware may have added a little more fuel to their fire Thursday evening as friendly rival Solon came to town.
“We remembered how to win,” coach Tim Benson said after CCA’s 2-1 WaMaC victory, the first over the Spartans in recent years and a much better showing than last year’s blow-out in Solon.
Nine minutes into the first half, Gavin Lukes fired a scoring shot to put the Clippers on the board. The 1-0 lead held through the halftime break. At about the same point in the second period, Ryan Hall scored on a free kick.
It looked as though the Clippers were going to sail away with a shut-out until just under seven minutes left to play. Solon’s Austin Holub finally got the Clipper goal in his crosshairs and launched a bombing run that managed to get past CCA’s Casey Rohret to score.
“Are we gonna give it up now? With seven minutes left?” a Clipper yelled from somewhere around midfield, rallying the guys in blue and white to, “keep our heads up.” Though the final minutes weren’t pretty by Benson’s assessment, the Clippers fended off additional Spartan attacks to hold on for the win. Benson had listed making a better showing this year against Solon as a goal for the season in his pre-season survey.
“We caught them off-guard, and it paid off,” he said.