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Better late than never for Blazers

October 05, 2000

Better late than never for Blazers



HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Two goals in the final eight minutes of the match lifted the Clear Spring girls soccer team to a 2-1 win over Hedgesville on Wednesday.

By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


CLEAR SPRING - Just about the time when some teams would have thrown in the towel, Clear Spring's girls soccer team kicked in a couple goals.

Trailing 1-0 late in the game and frustrated that Hedgesville was able to thwart every scoring effort, the Blazers scored twice within the last eight minutes to escape with a thrilling 2-1 victory in an Apple Valley League game Wednesday night.

Clear Spring attempted 16 shots on goal - 12 of which were blocked by Eagles goal keeper Summer Williams - before the last two finally found the net.

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"I was afraid that psychologically we were going to have a breakdown," said Clear Spring coach Scott Myers. "When you go so long without scoring, you start to think you can't do it anymore. Sometimes it's just the way the ball bounces. We controlled this game."

The Blazers (3-5, 2-0) finally got the break they needed when Patsy Krenzer fired a penalty kick past a diving Williams in the 73rd minute, setting up Tawnya Blair's game winner in the 79th minute. Lauren Ebersole placed a corner kick directly in front of the net before Blair booted the loose ball between Williams' legs for the goal.

"I saw the (goalie's) legs open, and was able to kick it through," said the Clear Spring freshman of her game-winning score.

Hedgesville (6-8-1, 2-5) had led since the 23rd minute when Kelly Barnes took a crossing pass from Janelle Poisal less than 10 yards from the goal and managed to fire it past Blazers' goalie Kari Mowen. But the Clear Spring defense stiffened the rest of the way, keeping the physical Eagles from inflicting additional damage.

"(Clear Spring) got the one back on a penalty kick, and that opened the door for them," said Hedgesville coach Sonny Tippett. "We've had problems with corner kicks in front of the goal all year. But give them credit. They never quit, and their defense played a great game."

Hedgesville's physical style of play - two yellow cards were handed out to Eagles players - didn't seem to affect the Blazers, despite having to help Jessica Fales off the field in the first half.

"They were physical," said Myers. "That's their style of play. But when we play our game, we can stick with anybody. No doubt in my mind."

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