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Tireless Durant reaches Wharton final

TAMPA — It took 78 minutes, but Durant was finally able to get a ball past East Bay goalkeeper Derrick Miranda.

Cecil Clarke's goal in the 78th minute Wednesday broke a scoreless tie and gave the Cougars a 1-0 win to advance to the final of the Wharton Invitational.

Durant (16-1) outshot the Indians 23-3 but didn't score until its 23rd shot on goal.

"Our shots just weren't going in," Clarke said. "I guess we were a little unlucky."

East Bay (7-3-2) packed in its defense for the entire game, making it hard at times for the Cougars offense to get legitimate scoring chances.

Durant's Billy Fanning had the best opportunity to break the tie in the 54th minute when he banged the ball off the right post. But Clarke was the only Cougar able to solve Miranda after he snuck past him and smashed the ball into an empty net for the winner.

It was the second game of the season between the teams, with the Cougars winning the first meeting 3-2.

"We're just trying to win the championship," Clarke said. "If we play as a team, hopefully we'll come out on top."

Durant will face Sickles (11-3-1) for the championship Saturday after the Gryphons got two goals from Sebastian Matta in a dominating 3-0 performance over Newsome (7-3-2). Chris Kidd also scored for Sickles as he opened the scoring just five minutes into the game.

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