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Leopards bust out for soccer title

September 28, 1998|By JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - Smithsburg boys soccer coach Gary Hawbaker gave Clear Spring a choice: double team either Brian Eichelberger or Dustin Crilly.

Whatever the Blazers' choice was, it didn't work. Both scored goals in the second half, as the Leopards blew open a scoreless halftime tie for a 5-0 victory in the championship game of the Clear Spring Fall Classic.

"By putting (Ryan) Daughtridge up on top, Clear Spring had to make a choice on who they were going to double-team," Hawbaker said. "They double-teamed Eichelberger during the first half.

"By putting Eichelberger on the outside, we thought that it would give him more space to run and more opportunities. Crilly is more of a positionable midfielder and he has got a lot of speed to move around with."

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Smithsburg (5-1-2) got on the scoreboard first with 28:10 remaining in the second half when Gerad House scored unassisted from the right side.

About 10 minutes later, Crilly added another unassisted goal through the middle for the Leopards.

Freshman Gerad Haupt, who was starting his first game on the varsity team, gave Clear Spring (2-4) its only score on an unassisted goal through the middle with 16:10 to go in the game to cut the lead in half.

But 40 seconds later, Troy Huntzberry answered back with an unassisted goal to raise Smithsburg's lead to 3-1.

"I think that we played very well," Clear Spring coach Matt Kinman said. "I don't think the score was any indication of the outcome. You can't afford to give up too many goals to Smithsburg.

"I think that we played them even up in the first half and I was really proud of our kids. When Smithsburg went up 3-1, that kind of put us down. But I have to give Smithsburg a lot of credit. They are a fundamentally sound soccer team."

Daughtridge scored a goal on an assist from Crilly and Justin Martin added an unassisted goal to round out the scoring for the Leopards, who won their fifth straight.

Mark Koontz finished with two goals and one assist to lead Grace Academy to a 4-1 victory over St. John's at Prospect Hall in the consolation game.

During the first round of the tournament, Brian Eichelberger scored three goals to help Smithsburg blank St. John's, 5-0. Ivan Santiesteban had two goals to help Clear Spring defeat Grace Academy, 4-1.

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