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Clearwater Wins South Region Title


(11/2/13) Clearwater will be back in the NCCAA DII National Tournament after a one year hiatus. CCC defeated Toccoa Falls College 1-0 in an exciting match in front of a raucous crowd at the home of the Cougars on Saturday night. The first half saw a light rain but no goals, despite both sides creating chances in the box. Toccoa came close to breaking the deadlock twice, once hitting the post and once having a ball cleared off the line by CCC defender Nate Shefcyk. Clearwater controlled the possession game, but could not breakthrough either in a physical first half.
The lone goal of the game and goal of the year for CCC came in the 54th minute off the left foot of defender Ben Holmes. Holmes connected on a missed clearance and ripped a one-time shot from outside the box into the side netting, sending the home crowd into a frenzy. Toccoa responded well and continued to battle and get into the box while breaking up play in the midfield. CCC saw the game out well despite an intense finish and earned the title of South Region champions and an automatic bid to the National Tournament with the 1-0 win.