But the Truckers controlled the next 33 minutes and added three goals in a little over two minutes early in the second half.
Petie Adamos scored five goals in the game to lead Norwalk to an 8-3 win in Sandusky Bay Conference Lake division action.
"We have been experimenting with some things," Norwalk coach Jon Kijowski said. "Petie actually started off on defense for us at the beginning of the year. We were struggling to put things together, so we experimented. Petie likes to go to the goal, so that is good for us."
Adamos' goal in the 12th minute tied the game at 2-2. He added his second goal when he scooted a shot past Clyde goalie Jared Norman in the 31st minute. Attacking often, the Truckers (2-3-1 overall, 2-0-1 SBC) doubled up the Fliers (3-1-1, 1-1-1) when Eli Cruz scored in the 36th minute.
"We came out really slow," Adamos said. "Scoring five goals was a blast. I think I could have scored more, but I missed some shots. I felt faster than the Clyde defense for the most part."
Clyde seized some momentum back late in the first half. Victor Guzman's corner kick found the head of Seth Hohman, who found the back of the net, slicing the Norwalk lead to 4-3 at halftime.
"At that point, we thought Clyde had taken the momentum back," Kijowski said. "I told our team at halftime that we were in a dog fight. Maybe we should not have been there, but Clyde is a good team and they fight."
Adamos, who was actually playing his first game this season at forward, quickly silenced any thought of a Clyde comeback in the second half. He finished off the hat trick with a goal less than five minutes into the half for a 5-3 lead.
"They took advantage of our mistakes. We had five or six silly goals allowed," Clyde coach Sahen Fultz said. "You can't point the finger at one person or another. The whole issue tonight is we were not talking. If you do not talk in this game, it is a long game — and we found that out tonight."
Garrison Smith got in on the scoring party when he scored in the 47th minute, and Adamos scored his fourth goal just 18 seconds later, putting the foot down for a 7-3 lead. Adamos scored once more, in the 69th minute, to finish off the scoring.
"We just came out slow," Kijowski said. "I think we did a really good job responding when we were down 2-0. It is not ideal, but we kept our composure. I knew if we put it together, we would get back in the game."
Harkness hat trick paces Norwalk girls
In the girls game, Kaelyn Harkness scored three goals to lead Norwalk to a 6-1 win over the Fliers. Avery Dumbeck, Harkness, and Michaela Rush scored in a 4:48 span in the first half for a 3-0 lead for Norwalk (3-2, 3-0).
"It was great to get a start like this," Norwalk coach Michelle Sandor said. "One of our goals is to come out intense from the start and I think we did that. We got a little complacent and allowed a goal, but we got back at it."
The Fliers (2-3, 2-1) responded, as Sam Alexander scored in the 23rd minute to get Clyde within 3-1 at halftime.
Harkness' second and third goals pushed the lead to 6-1 in the second half. Kara Mosser and Gwen Olcott each scored in the final 11 minutes to finish off the scoring for the Truckers.
"The big difference from last year is we have different threats all over the field," Sandor said. "That is a tremendous asset that we can score from different places on the field because we have players stepping up."