Clare Kickers fall in playoff overtime

October 30, 2015

Trevor Crowley eyes up a loose ball.

Trevor Crowley eyes up a loose ball.

By Ben Murphy

The start of the game was oh, so sweet. The end however wasn’t what they wanted at all. Clare, lost its division three district semi-final at Ogemaw Heights on Thursday, as the Falcons kicked in a goal in the second overtime to win 2-1.

The Pioneers scored just 43 seconds into the game, getting a crossing pass from Nik Schlict, that found the head of Camden Dice, which Dice promptly headed in for the early 1-0 lead.

The Falcons scored the equalizer late in the first half though, and the half ended with a 1-1 tie. After back-and-forth play led to the game being tied at regulation, the teams went into overtime.

The first overtime went scoreless as well and the second would have been scoreless too, had it not been for a penalty called inside Clare’s box.
O-H socked in the ensuing penalty kicked, and staved off the Pioneers for the final moments to espace with the win.
“It was a difficult way to be knocked out of the tournament, but we made a fabulous showing of ourselves, playing with class and character,” Clare head coach Doug Helmling said.

Despite the tough loss, Helmling was still pleased with the year overall.
“This season, we put together one of our best campaigns,” he said. “We played solid all the way around the pitch; offense, defense and midfield. The team set a

Clare’s Collin Beavan boots the ball out of his own end.

Clare’s Collin Beavan boots the ball out of his own end.

new record for goals in a season and assists in a season and Dice set individual offensive records and our team defensively limited the majority of teams to less than 10 shots on goal per game.

“Beyond wins and losses, beyond records and stats this team gelled as a family,” he added. “These young men conducted themselves well on and off the field. They carried themselves with humility when they won and with dignity when they lost. I could not have asked for a better group of men to coach. They set a high standard.”

Clare’s Ryan Whiteman tries to steal the ball from an Ogemaw Heights player during last week’s district loss.

Clare’s Ryan Whiteman tries to steal the ball from an Ogemaw Heights player during last week’s district loss.

The Pioneers take a heavy hit in graduation with eight seniors, Clare expects to return 12 players from the team, along with an experienced bunch coming in from junior varsity.

“Those 12 returning are some fantastic players who bring with them a great work ethic and skills,” Helmling said. “There are juniors who saw quality minutes and started quite a few games for us (others) saw their playing time increase as the season went, proving they will be ready next season. Sophomores James Dietsch and John Helmling also look to build on their impressive 2015 and the lone freshman, Aidan Boyd had eight goals and seven assists and that is impressive. This doesn’t even take into account the talent from the JV team that we had this year. This was an outstanding season but next season looks to be equally memorable.”

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