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Blazers flex their muscles

September 20, 2002|by JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - The Clear Spring Blazers continued their winning ways on Wednesday night as they blanked Musselman 7-0 in an Apple Valley League girls' soccer game.

Junior forward Tawnya Blair led Clear Spring (3-1, No. 10 Herald-Mail poll) over Musselman (1-5-1) by collecting three goals and one assist.

"I'm happy because we worked together as a team in this game," Blair said. "We had good passing. Lauren Ebersole helped me out a lot tonight with some good passes and some good corner kicks."

The hat trick ties Blair with Ebersole for the team lead in goals with four.

Clear Spring junior goalkeeper Amy Mills recorded her third shutout of the season.

"We have been making good progress throughout the season," Blair said. "Our defense has been doing good by keeping everybody away from the net."

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Freshman reserve Lindsey Keyton scored two goals, while Ashley Lockard and Ebersole added one goal each for Clear Spring.

Clear Spring coach Jeff Semler was pleased with the Blazers' performance on Wednesday.

"Tawnya Blair had a real great game tonight," Semler said. "She was really hungry to do well tonight. She showed some improvement with her shooting. Several of our girls contributed on offense tonight. We had four different people scoring. The girls came out and played well tonight. It was good solid play by the defense. The defense did a good job of containing Musselman. We really didn't allow any quality shots."

It was a tough night for the Applemen, who had only 11 players available for the match. One did not dress because of an injury and two others did not make the trip to Clear Spring.

The team is also coping with the death of a classmate, 14-year-old freshman Philip Linton, who was killed in a car accident on Monday.

"It was difficult for the girls to concentrate," Musselman coach Eric Gill said. "They knew him very well and they were upset, obviously. We had some bright spots out there during the game."

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