The Linden varsity boys soccer team will be moving along in the Division 2 Clio district tournament.
The Eagles scored a goal late in the first half and earned a 4-1 victory against the Clio Mustangs in the opening round Wednesday.
The Eagles won a tough game against the Mustangs 2-1 on Sept. 23.
“This game went kind of like the last time we played them,” Linden varsity boys soccer coach Kevin Fiebernitz said. “It was a struggle at the beginning and they made it a little difficult for us because they are a pretty aggressive team and their field is a little smaller than what we are used to playing on.”
The Eagles had plenty of chances to score in the opening half, but didn’t score until the final 30 seconds before intermission. Aiden Miller took the initial shot, but it was saved. Ryan Gillespie got the rebound and scored.
The Eagles (17-2-1) took a 2-0 lead about eight minutes into the second half and eventually took a 4-0 lead later in the period. Unfortunately, the Eagles saw a string of eight straight shutouts end.
“I was a little peeved because we try to teach the guys to make good decisions and that wasn’t a good decision,” Fiebernitz said.
“That was a goal we didn’t have to give up.”
That mindset may be why the squad has only allowed 10 goals all season.
Gillespie was the offensive star, collecting three goals. Hunter Hull also had a goal and an assist. Ian Downarowicz earned the victory in net.
The Eagles continue district action when Linden hosts Lake Fenton in the semifinal at Linden High School Tuesday at 6 p.m.