Kickers claim victory in second half on Youth Night

Clarkston News Sports Writer
Players ran to the stands at Clarkston High School stadium cheering with the fans as the Wolves took a 3-2 lead in their game against Grosse Pointe North last Friday.
Senior Dylan Walker scored the goal from the east side of the net with 10:53 remaining in the game for Clarkston Boys Varsity Soccer.
“The second half is how we play,” said Ian Jones, head coach. “It’s what we have been doing all season. We shot ourselves in the foot in the first half for giving two goals away. Then, you have to be patient. The second half we used width and got the ball into wide areas which gave us a chance.”
The game closed with the Wolves taking the win on Youth Soccer Night and Senior Night.

Senior Tyler Spitzer gains control of the ball as Grosse Pointe North heads into Wolves’ turf. Photo by Wendi Reardon Price

“It was exciting,” Jones said. “I think the crowd liked it. For the kids who came, it was great. Hopefully they enjoyed it and something to strive for. They come watch what they can do in the future and hopefully it expands when they are out there one day.”
Grosse Pointe North took the lead less than five minutes into the game and then added one more goal minutes later.
The Wolves held possession of the ball most of the first half, firing shots on the net but each one was stopped.
Clarkston went into halftime scoreless and came into the second half scoring their first goal less than seven minutes in from senior Liam Zimmerman off a cross from junior Richie Ludwig.
Ludwig tied the score 2-2 after his own goal with 25:40 remaining in the game with an assist from Zimmerman.
Clarkston defeated Detroit Catholic Central on Saturday morning, 3-2. They opened the week with a 2-0 loss to Rochester Adams, Sept. 28.
The Wolves (10-2-1) wrap the regular season this week as they played Brother Rice on Monday and North Farmington on Tuesday. They head to Berkley on Thursday and Stoney Creek on Monday. JV plays at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.
“If we play like we are capable of there is no one who can beat us,” said Jones. “They can hit everybody because they are so good with the ball. It’s fun to watch them play.”
Clarkston received a bye the first round of the MHSAA Division 1 Boys Soccer District 12 at Lake Orion. They will play in the semifinals against the Lapeer/Davison winner.

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