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Clear Spring edges Boonsboro

September 21, 2000

Clear Spring edges Boonsboro



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


CLEAR SPRING - Senior striker Justin Michael was ready to strike when he had the opportunities.

Michael cashed in on two of those opportunities with a pair of crucial goals that enabled Clear Spring to come from behind and win its fourth straight, edging No. 10 Boonsboro 3-2 on Thursday night in a Washington County high school boys' soccer game.

"It was a great victory," Michael said. "It's wonderful to be 4-1. I got the chances. The midfielders did the work for me. I just punched them in. We really played together and we really have a good team concept. Everybody supports each other. A lot of the guys stepped up for us when they had to."

Clear Spring coach Matt Kinman was proud of Michael.

"Justin Michael really stepped up tonight," Kinman said. "Justin is our captain and he really carried us tonight. He got a couple of timely goals."

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Boonsboro coach Jeff Palm was impressed with Clear Spring's performance.

"It was a very hard-fought game by the two teams," Palm said. "Clear Spring did a good job tonight. Their hustle and their determination were the keys to their victory tonight. They capitalized on a couple of defensive errors. Our team is doing well and they show a lot of promise for the season still ahead of us."

Boonsboro (2-2) got on the scoreboard first with 16:53 remaining in the first half when Robbie Pongratz scored on an unassisted goal on the left side.

Clear Spring tied the score at 12:05 before halftime when Michael talliedd on a penalty kick.

The Blazers took the lead for good just three minutes into the second half when freshman Drew Holler scored a goal on the left side on an assist from sophomore Jeremy Everitts.

"In the second half, our game plan was to try to get the ball to Drew Holler, because they were double-teaming Justin Michael," Kinman said. "When they were pressuring Michael, that opened up the passing lane to Holler."

About three minutes later, Michael added a goal through the middle on an assist from Holler to boost Clear Spring's lead to 3-1.

Midway through the second half, Brandon Hartle scored unassisted to help Boonsboro reduce the deficit to 3-2.

But that would be as close as the Warriors would get.

Clear Spring goalkeeper Jeremiah Johnson made nine saves.

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