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Clear Spring lights it up

September 10, 1998|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - For the first time in the brief history of the program, the girls soccer team at Clear Spring High School played a home game at night.

And despite suffering a 6-1 setback to Martinsburg Wednesday night, the future of the Blazers' program is brighter.

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"The lights will bring out the fans in the community," said coach Scott Myers. "Hopefully, that will help convince them to let their kids get involved in soccer, and give parents a chance to watch the games instead of asking about it when they get home."

The hopes of winning their first game under the lights dimmed quickly as Martinsburg's Sarah Miller scored the first goal just nine minutes into the game. Less than two minutes later, Jennifer Canby made it 2-0 when her shot ricocheted off the crossbar and bounced in.

"The score doesn't show it," said Myers, "but we played some of our best soccer tonight. This is a larger school playing a small school, and we knew it was going to be tough. But the girls have improved 300 percent over last year, and even from the first to the second half."

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Three more first-half goals put Clear Spring in a 5-0 halftime hole, but the Blazers played to a 1-1 tie over the final 40 minutes.

Sophomore Jenny Andrews put the Blazers on the board in the 37th minute of the second half, and only a Kate Bonifant penalty kick in the final seconds allowed the Bulldogs to score at all in the final half.

While the lights didn't necessarily have an effect on the way the game was played, the players certainly enjoyed the opportunity to play under them, although it may take awhile to acclimate themselves to playing home games at night.

"They're awesome," said senior Nikole Albowicz. "It's so weird, it seems like it's not our field. I like (playing under the lights) better because we didn't have to choose the side away from the sun at the coin toss."

"It felt like I was playing for a rich school," added senior Christine James.

Eventually, according to James, the lights may have an indirect effect on the way the team plays.

"I think now people will start coming to the games," said James. "It's nice to have people watching us, and when they cheer it makes us want to play better."

If that's the case, it won't be long before the Blazers will experience their first victory.

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