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Need for speed - Clear Spring turns on jets

September 27, 2000

Need for speed - Clear Spring turns on jets



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

Clear SpringCLEAR SPRING - Whether you ask Clear Spring boys soccer coach Matt Kinman or Martinsburg coach Jason DeBaugh about Blazers forwards Justin Michael and Drew Holler, they'll both say the same thing: They're fast.

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So fast that, even though the Bulldogs' midfield passing game controlled the tempo for the majority of Tuesday's game, No. 9 Clear Spring's lightning-like counterattacks left No. 7 Martinsburg staring at a 5-2 loss.

"We were running all eight cylinders," Kinman said. "I was so proud of these guys, so proud of the way they played. You could just tell they wanted it."

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That's all the Clear Spring coach said. He left the rest of the talking to his players, who, led by Michael, said more than enough on the field.

In the game's third minute, Holler, a freshman, led the Blazers' first counterattack, finding Michael on a 2-on-1 breakaway that the senior captain finished for the game's first goal.

"That really lifted us up, and that set the tone for the rest of the game," Michael said. "It was really important to get that first goal."

Martinsburg evened the score in the 13th minute on Daniel Ansari's unassisted run up the left side, but three minutes later, Holler found room up the right side on another quick counterattack, and he beat Martinsburg keeper Aaron Smith to put Clear Spring back ahead, 2-1.

In the 24th minute, Michael found room on a third counterattack and outran the Bulldogs defense for his second goal, giving Clear Spring a stunning 3-1 halftime lead despite being outshot, 19-8.

"(Our counterattacks) were really clicking today," Michael said. "That's what we like to do, and we finished wonderfully."

"They have a lot of speed, and they capitalized on that speed," Martinsburg coach Jason DeBaugh said. "You'll win using speed, and that's exactly what they did."

Michael completed his hat trick with a penalty kick goal in the 48th minute as the Blazers (5-1) built a three-goal lead.

Ansari's second goal off a crossing pass in the 51st minute kept the Bulldogs (6-3-1) close until, in the 83rd minute, Josh Springer came up with a steal in the Martinsburg end and ended the Bulldogs' comeback hopes.

"We're getting a lot of confidence, and not trying to be cocky ... we feel we can win every game," Michael said.

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