On Tuesday the Clinton Red Devils traveled to River Bluff High School to take on the Ridge View Blazers in the first round of the Capital City Cup – one of the biggest soccer tournaments in South Carolina. The Blazers struck first about 15 minutes into the game, getting a head on a high cross and putting the ball into the net. Only a few short minutes later, Red Devil midfielder Luke Mann lined up a free kick about 35 yards from the goal and blasted a dipping arc past the Blazer keeper to knot the game at 1-1. This score held for the remainder of the half, with the Devil defense holding strong and Clinton keeper Cooper Scaccia making multiple crucial saves. Unfortunately, the dam broke in the second half and Ridge View got behind the Clinton defense for the go-ahead goal. The Devils had several breakaway opportunities, but frustratingly failed to convert on any of them. The Blazers took the game 2-1 in a fast-paced affair.
Clinton will return to action on Friday at 8:30 PM against Hammond School. The game will be played at Dreher Memorial Stadium.