Lions’ Boys Soccer Registers Program’s First Playoff Win Since 2006, With Overtime Victory Over Kane, Will Face Brockway For District Nine Class-A Championship (Posted 10/30/20)

Both Verdill Boys Record A Hat Trick

(Images by Kristen Geiger and Mindi Verdill) Above: Lion’s post-game team photo: (L-R) Bailee Verdill, Beau Verdill, Ryker Bingham, Don Cunningham, Charlie Franchino, Nate Megnin and infront, Austin Coull.

The homestanding Clarion-Limestone Lions’ Boys Soccer defeatedKane in overtime 6-5, in the District Nine Class-A playoffs, on Tuesday (October 27th. The victory was the first playoff win for the Lions since the 2006 team registered a 4-0 win over Johnsonburg.

The second seeded Lions will now face top seeded Brockway, at Brockway District Nine Class-A Championship, on Thursday, November 5th. This will be the first Title Game appearance for C-L. The Rovers earned their spot in the title tilt, with a 5-0 win over Coudersport today (Wednesday, October 28th). Start time is set for 7:00PM.

CSZ’s Lion’s Boys Soccer reporter Mindi Verdill provided this game recap.

Bailee Verdill was the first to score off a corner kick, giving the Lions the 1-0 lead.

Kane scored two in a row to take move out in front 2-1. One of which was bumped in by the C-L defense.

Ryker Bingham, moving the ball, had an amazing game)!

Nate Megnin had a corner kick, placed perfectly for Bailee Verdill to get his second of the game.

Kane scored another before the half, to give the Wolves a 3-2 lead.

Bailee Verdill had an assist on a Beau Verdill goal that tied the game. Don Cunnigham had the assist on another Beau Verdill goal and the Lions led 4-3.

Kane scored another two, which gave them a one-point 5-4 lead.

Nate Megnin had his second assist of the game for a Beau Verdill third goal to tie the game at 5-all, setting up overtime.

Don Cunningham and Bailee Verdill embrace as other Lions walk over to join the celebration.

Headed into overtime, both teams played amazing games of soccer!

With 1:42 left in overtime, Don Cunnigham snagged the ball from a Kane player and got it to Beau Verdill, who was able to get a light touch on it, for a Bailee Verdill game winning goal!

Final Score: Lions 6 Kane 5

Lions celebrate after overtime playoff win.

(Thanks to Kim Geiger and Mindi Verdill for their images and to Mindi for providing her coverage of the game. WAY TO GO, LIONS!!!! BEAT BROCKWAY!!!!)