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Clarkdale takes two division wins over Newton County

By Staff
BATTLE Newton County High School's Maggie McDill battles a Clarkdale defender for the ball. Photo by Carisa McCain/ The Meridian Star
Jamie Sullivan/staff writer
Jan. 18, 2002
DECATUR The Clarkdale Lady Bulldogs soccer team picked up their fourth win of the season, defeating Newton County 4-3 in a shoot-out in a crucial division game.
In boys action, Clarkdale slipped past Newton County 2-0 in another important league match.
The Clarkdale Lady Bulldogs came into Decatur with intentions of foiling Newton County's plans to claim the league title, and with the win, they at least delayed the process.
If the Lady Cougars had won, they would have claimed the division title, now they have to beat Richland Jan. 25 to do so.
Tara Smith put the Lady Bulldogs on the scoreboard first, when she found the net just under 10 minutes into the game.
The Lady Cougars would respond, when Mandy McGravey scored one of her three goals on the night to tie the game at 1-1.
Later on in the half, the Lady Cougars accidentally kicked the ball in their own goal, giving Clarkdale a 2-1 halftime lead.
With less than three minutes left to go in the game, McGravey found the back of the net for the second time, as she knotted the score at two goals apiece.
After tying the game at 2-2, the tie had to be broken.
Like any other sport, soccer has its overtimes as well.
McGravey put the Lady Cougars on top for the first time, when she notched her final goal of the night, giving NCHS a 3-2 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs answered with a goal of their own, to knot the score at 3-3 in overtime.
As the overtime clock expired, the two teams were still tied, so they went to a five person shoot-out.
Clarkdale won the shoot-out 2-1, and took the game decision 4-3.
The Lady Bulldogs are 4-3-2 on the season, and 3-1 in division play. The Lady Bulldogs will host Wayne County tonight at 6 p.m..
Clarkdale boys 2
Newton County 0
The Clarkdale Bulldogs used two second-half goals, to blank Newton County, 2-0.
Newton County held the Bulldogs to no goals in the first half, but they weren't that lucky in the second half. David Prewitt booted in two goals in the second half to give the visitors a 2-0 decision over the Cougars.
Justin Culpepper assisted Prewitt with his first goal early in the second half, to take a 1-0 lead.
Prewitt then took a pass from Jonathan Pickett toward the goal for a left-footed shot, that found the net, to end the scoring.
Clarkdale advances to 11-1 on the year, while Newton County falls to 1-7.
The Bulldogs will be in action today, when they host Wayne County. The Cougars will visit West Lauderdale on Tuesday night.