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Blazers warm to task to turn back Rebels

October 03, 2003|by JACK HILL III

For a little while, Clear Spring's soccer team was as frigid as early October's unusually cold weather on Thursday night.

The Blazers held a 1-0 at halftime, before allowing South Hagerstown to score the tying goal just 50 seconds into the second half.

Then the Blazers lived up to their nickname.

Clear Spring scored three goals in the final 39:10 to collect a 4-1 Monocacy Valley Athletic League boys soccer victory at School Stadium.

"I think that tonight we played real hard," Clear Spring coach Sid Shupp said. "It was the first night of real cold weather that we played in. That bothered us a little bit in the beginning. We're just starting to get used to that."

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Bryan Jacobs scored Clear Spring's first-half goal in the 37th minute on an assist by Mike Snyder.

Terrence Cavey countered by scoring South Hagerstown's goal off of an assist by Manuel Escobar to tie the score in the first minute of the second half.

The Blazers took the lead for good in the 44th minute when Brad Turner scored on an assist by Drew Holler. Adam Long followed with an unassisted goal 20 minutes later to stretch Clear Spring's lead to 3-1.

David Kendle scored the Blazers' final goal in the 71st minute on an assist by Ben Sigler.

Clear Spring (6-3, 2-1) showed a balanced scoring attack, which pleased Shupp.

"Our players took some of the pressure off of Drew Holler," Shupp said. "We had four different guys score goals tonight. When that happens, it makes the game a whole lot easier."

Senior goalkeeper Mike Kozlowski made 17 saves for the Rebels.

"We played hard for 80 minutes and we tried real hard to win," South Hagerstown coach Jim Mills said. "In the beginning of the year, we were actually having trouble stopping people. Now, we are stopping them. But we just aren't getting the goals when we need them. I thought that our team stepped up and played real well. We have been making progress since the beginning of the season."

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