The Cleveland boys team improved to 6-1 with a 6-0 victory over Clarksdale, while the Cleveland girls (1-6) earned their first win of the year by defeating Clarksdale 6-0.
In the boys game, Cleveland established itself early on. Nick Bosworth scored the first goal of the game to give the Wildcats the lead in the first half. As the half progressed, Nixon Mata scored two goals and Tripp Ellis scored another goal to give the black and gold Wildcats a 4-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Daniel Guerra scored two goals with Mata getting the assist after each score to secure the win for Cleveland.
“Ever since that first game against Grenada, we’ve made strides to get better every time we step out on that field,” CHS soccer head coach Steve Wies said. “Tonight was a very well played game against good athletes. Clarksdale has good athletes. Every time we step out on to the field, it’s a good time effort. That’s how you’re going to compete and win.”
Mata led Cleveland with two goals and three assists, followed by Guerra with two goals, Tripp Ellis and Nick Bosworth with a goal each and Trace Bray with an assist.
Cleveland’s defense also only gave up three shots on goal. Cleveland goalies Joe Odom and Trace Edwards combined for three saves on the night in the shutout. Conner Taylor also did a good job on defense.
In the girls game, Cleveland began its road to victory on the right foot. Emily Shy scored the first goal of the game, while Hallee Pinkerton scored two goals to give Cleveland a 3-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the black and gold Lady Wildcats continued to pour it on as Kim Rivera, Wies and Skelton each scored goals to round out the scoring for Cleveland.
“I think it was fantastic for them,” Wies said about the Lady Wildcats’ victory. “I’m very happy for them and very pleased. I’m proud with the effort that they gave tonight.”
Pinkerton finished the game with two goals to lead Cleveland, followed by Wies and Skelton with a goal and two assists each, Hart Rogers with two assists and Shy and Rivera with a goal each.
Cleveland goalies Destiny McClain and Bretlyn Phillips each recorded a save in the nets as they combined for a shutout.
Both Cleveland teams will take a nice long break as they won’t be back in action until Jan. 4 when they host Senatobia in Cleveland.