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Blazers come to end of trail

October 30, 2005|By JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - The end of the season came Saturday for Clear Spring's boys and girls soccer teams, each eliminated in the first round of the Maryland Class 1A West playoffs.

The Blazers were defeated 3-1 by the Fort Hill Sentinels in the girls game, and the boys fell to the Southern Garrett Rams, 2-1.

In the girls game, Clear Spring (3-10-2) got on the scoreboard first right before halftime when junior forward Carley Snyder scored unassisted through the middle in the 39th minute. It served as redemption for Snyder - in the 32nd minute, Sentinels keeper Rebecca Zajdel made a point-blank save on her shot.

Clear Spring freshman Elizabeth Andrews made eight saves.

"Our record is no indication of how well we played," Clear Spring coach Jeff Semler said. "During the regular season, we played in four double-overtime games and we lost four games, 1-0. We only had one senior play today, while eight freshmen were playing. I'm just real proud of our team. We have overcome a lot."

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Fort Hill (6-9) tied the score six minutes into the second half when sophomore striker Kelsey Parker scored unassisted down the right side.

In the 73rd minute, the Sentinels took the lead when Crystal Zinn scored on a run through the middle off an assist by Parker. Fort Hill clinched it in the final three minutes when Jonna Schartiger scored on a free kick from the right side.

"We made some adjustments at halftime to our offense," Fort Hill coach Amber Waltz said. "We moved our center-mid up to striker and we moved our striker up to wing. We took advantage of our team speed."

The boys game was deadlocked at 1-1 before James Naylor scored the game-winner through the middle for Southern Garrett on an assist by Ethan Chorpenning in the 62nd minute.

"James just made a good move on a give-and-go pass to get the game-winning goal," Southern Garrett coach Jeff Browning said. "Ethan's pass was very well timed and perfectly executed."

The Rams (4-9) got on the scoreboard first in the 27th minute on Chorpenning's unassisted goal from the right side.

The Blazers (1-13-1) tied the score in the final moments of the first half when Brandon Barlow scored on a run down the middle off an assist by Francesco Scotto DiCarlo.

"I am proud of how my team played this year," Clear Spring coach Greg Hoff said. "I don't think that the stats represented how well my team played. We're really a young team and not much is going to change for next year. It is only going to get better."

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