Mason’s Jack Clark (19) battles Lakota West’s Hall Banks for the ball on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (Tony Tribble for the Enquirer)
By Chase Howell, Enquirer contributor
On Monday, Mason senior forward Jack Clark sat at home, sick with a fever. As his Comet teammates wondered if he would return to the field the following night, Clark prepared himself as well as he could.
The next night, in the sectional final against Milford, Clark proved that his strength had returned – scoring four goals in the first half to prove it.
A UC commit, Clark led Mason, No. 1 in the OSSCA Poll and the Enquirer Division I Area Coaches’ Poll, to a 6-1 victory against Milford.
The Eagles, No. 9 in the Enquirer Division I Area Coaches’ Poll, finishes the season at 13-5-0. The Comets remain undefeated at 16-0-1.
The Comets opened the match with strong pressure on the Eagles’ defense. Less than six minutes into the game, Clark unleashed his first goal. Shaking loose in the center of the penalty box, he fired a shot past the Milford goalie.
Milford did not give up the fight, however, with attacks on goal of its own in the early minutes of the match. Not long after Mason’s first strike, Milford senior midfielder Thomas Moore sent a header to the Comets’ goal, just missing wide left.
Three minutes later, Clark again found the net, flicking the ball left past the Milford defender in the penalty box, then hitting the ball on the bounce towards the goal.
With four minutes remaining until the break, sophomore midfielder Bryce Curran sent a cross from the right side into the box, finding Clark again for the score.
Two minutes later, Clark shielded off a defender just into Milford’s defensive-third, turning with the pass to open up a one-on-one opportunity with the goalie. A low, hard shot from the right side sped just past the far post, giving the forward his 25th goal of the season (most in the Greater Miami Conference).
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