It was a double-whammy of bad luck for the Clay soccer team Thursday night.
Not only did the Panthers lose their contest at Minford, they also lost Courtney DeLotell to a season-ending lower leg injury.
The Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 lead at half thanks to goals by Nick Blackburn and Phillip Dehorn.
Clay responded in the second half with its lone goal of the match by Eli Kelley. Minford, which outshot the visitors 34-12, added a Jake Bloomfield goal late to put the match out of reach.
"My kids played a very strong second half," Panthers coach Bryan Smith said. "I wish the team in the second half would've also played in the first half."
Clay returns home Tuesday against Eastern.
Clay 0 1 — 1
Minford 2 1 — 3
Minford — Nick Blackburn (Travis Gampp) 17'; Minford — Phillipp Dehorn (unassisted) 29'.
Clay — Eli Kelley (Dennis Conkel) 31'; Minford — Chaffin Munyan (unassisted) 73'.
Saves — Chase Hiles (Clay) 19; Jake Bloomfield (Minford) 5.
Record — Clay 1-2-1.