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West Liberty comes up big in shootout as River Queens fall in home opener

Apr. 4—CLINTON — After a cancellation on Tuesday, the Clinton River Queens had their first home game of the season on Thursday evening.

In an out of conference matchup with the West Liberty Comets, the Queens played extremely good defense the entire match.

Early on Clinton was getting good looks, taking the ball into the Comets territory for much of the first half. Unfortunately for the Queens they were struggling to stay disciplined, getting called for multiple offsides that took away scoring opportunities.

Still it was the Queens who got on the board first with Shayna Nettles scoring a goal during the 25th minute.

It looked like Clinton was going to keep the Comets quiet in the first half but captain Pearson Hall tied the game with under 30 seconds to go as she broke through to find the back of the net.

In the second half, Aubrey Fergurson and the Queens were able to keep the Comets off the board, playing extremely good defense.

In the 47th minute, it looked as though senior Alex Tucker had broke the tie with a goal but it was called back after an offsides was called. Neither team scored and this one needed to be decided in extra time.

In fact, extra time was not even enough so this would be decided in a shootout.

Things looked good for Clinton as Nettles started off with a goal. West Liberty then answered as Katherine Barten found the net. After a miss from Tucker, the Comets put the pressure on with a goal by Hall.

The Queens missed their third attempt and Comets captain Gaby Morales put the game away with an upper right corner goal to secure the win. The Comets improve to 2-2.

Clinton moves to 1-1 on the year and will host Davenport Central on Tuesday at 5 p.m.