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Reid scores twice to lead Blazers past Rebels

September 27, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

Even when Clear Spring striker Adam Reid made a mistake, the ball still flew his way Tuesday night against South Hagerstown.

Reid scored two goals - the second on a botched pass that somehow found the goal - to help the Blazers to a 2-0 boys soccer victory at School Stadium.

"I was trying to pass it to one of my teammates," said Reid of the second goal. "I just put too much hook on it and it went in. I wasn't expecting it."

Reid was alone on the right sideline in the 38th minute when he crossed what was supposed to be a pass toward the goal. The ball kept sailing from left to right until it cleared Rebels goalie Jason David and hooked into the net to give Clear Spring a 2-0 lead.

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Reid's first goal came in the 30th minute when he broke free up the right seam, bringing David out to contest the shot. Then all Reid needed to do was a pick a spot in the goal.

"I just waited for the goalie to come out. Once he did, I knew I had it," Reid said.

Reid had three legitimate chances in the second half to get his second hat trick of the year. Two pushed wide right and the third was deflected by David, who had nine saves.

Giving up back-to-back scores continues to plague South (1-4).

"That's been the story of our season," South coach Jim Mills said. "We give up two goals close together and we just can't come back. In the game that we did win, we had to score first."

Clear Spring had an 11-7 shot adavantage, but the Rebels had a chance to cut into the lead 12 minutes into the second half. Reserve midfielder John Barrera had an open look on the right side and shot just high of the goal. Two minutes later Vo Saun went in the air on a throw, but shot right of the goal.

With the two-goal lead, Clear Spring (3-3) controlled most of the second half. The Blazers had five corner kicks after halftime, compared to just one for South. And when the Rebels did make a charge at the Blazers' goal, senior goalie Andrew Beadle turned them back for his first shutout of the season.

"Beadle has been huge for us," said Clear Spring coach Greg Hoff. "When you have a player like that in the back, it gives you confidence. And his confidence in himself is continuing to grow."

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