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Creek Boys survive two tough matches for six consecutive wins

CCA sinks Bobcats and Stormin’ Pointers on the pitch

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys soccer team picked up a pair of wins Tuesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 20, against Benton Community and Center Point-Urbana (CP-U).
The action started in Van Horne with a 1-0 win over the Bobcats. A scoreless first half led to a Wyatt Sedlacek ball connecting with Mitch Evans. Evans blew past the Benton Community keeper for the goal.
On Thursday, the Stormin’ Pointers visited Tiffin and fell 5-1 to the Creek Boys. CCA Coach Tim Benson described a windy night with his Clippers struggling to keep possession and penetrate the Pointers’ defense in the first half. Pau Alberich shot a cross ball into the wind, which found Chris Malfese’ s foot for the first goal and a 1-0 lead at the half.
“Despite being ahead we were frustrated at how we played in the first half and came out with a more focused effort that led to the offense opening things up,” Benson said. Mitch Evans struck early in the half by lobbing a left-footed shot in high over the keeper to make it 2-0. John Denny, a freshman, crossed the ball to Evans for the third goal of the evening. Benson noted it was also Evans’ seventh of the season, to lead the Clippers in scoring.
Alberich, a senior, picked up a second assist, this time to Jackson Pettinger who scored making it 4-0. The Pointers finally found the back of the Clippers’ net with three minutes left to play, but Tyreke Williams booted a free kick from just outside the penalty box into the back of the net to make it 5-1.
“The defense led by seniors Ian McDonald (keeper), Tyreke Williams, Trey Godbolt, Nick Ritchie, Seth Mass and Tony Zapata (defenders) played stout again, narrowly missing their fifth shut out of the year,” Benson said.
The Williamsburg Raiders will invade Tiffin on Friday, April 28, at 5 p.m. ahead of the Clippers sailing to the Pella Soccer Complex on Saturday, April 29, for a tournament with Pella and Adel-DeSoto-Minburn (ADM) starting at 9 a.m.

GOALS: M. Evans 2, C. Malfese 1, J. Pettinger 1, T. Williams 1.
ASSISTS: P. Alberich 2, J. Denny 1, Williams 1.
POINTS: Evans 4, Williams 3, Alberich 2, Malfese 2, Pettinger 2, Denny 1.
SAVES: I. McDonald 6.