It may be a ‘rough’ season, but Dragons still happy for chance to compete

  • Clinton’s Mateo Bernabi lunges for a ball in the game against Kinston. The Dragons ultimately lost 6-0. - Tony Cox

  • Clinton’s Chris Guerra dribbles away from three Kingston players. Dragons lost to Kingston 6-0. - Tony Cox

Clinton soccer has had a rough season so far this year, going 2-6-1 so far with only a handful of games left at the time of writing.

Clinton’s last win came in a 4-2 match against Harriman near the beginning of April, and the other win was against Rockwood in March.

Nick Patterson, head coach for the Dragons, said the season has been hard so far.

“It’s been tough,” he said. “After losing a team full of mostly seniors and not having a 2020 season because of COVID, a lot of my newer players missed out on an opportune time to learn and grow for this 2021 season. Many of my novice players this year have been put into higher-seeded matches than they would normally participate in without a season of experience under their belts.”

Still, even with admitting that it’s been a rough season, Patterson said he’s glad the team has gotten to play at all.

“With the tough season so far and only a few matches left, my players and I are all just incredibly grateful and happy to have gotten to compete and feel like things are getting back to normal.”