CLOVER -- Caleb Costner scored the game's only goal as Mutiny survived a 1-0 nail-biter against Clash in the Clover Rec Department's Under 13 Boys Postseason Tournament championship game.
Mutiny coach Robert Morrow, who is in his eighth year of coaching youth soccer, said Costner's second-half goal was the difference in the closely played contest.
"It was a tough defensive game decided by Caleb's breakaway, game-winning score," observed Morrow.
After finishing the regular season with a 5-5 slate, Mutiny reached another level in the single-elimination tournament.
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"The kids picked the right time for a turnaround and we had players in the right positions," Morrow said.
While the whole team contributed the the late-season surge, Morrow said much of Mutiny's success during the season and into tournament play was built around the solid play of goalkeeper Jackson Dunaley.
"Jackson had a very good year and kept us in a lot of games," Morrow said. "Our strategy this season was to play good defense and come up with a breakaway goal."
Which is what Costner was able to do when it counted most.
"Our kids responded to the challenge in tournament play and came together as a team," concluded Morrow.
Willis Whaitley, program coordinator for Clover Rec youth soccer, said participation has been heavy this spring
"We had 44 teams and 430 kids competing," he said. "We were pleased with the number of participants and expect larger numbers in the fall.
"There's a lot of soccer interest in the community."
Whaitley said participation will reach greater numbers when a new soccer complex is built to facilitate the growth of the sport.