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Leopards notch sixth straight 'W'

October 09, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

Zach Carson and Steve Kretzer scored two goals apiece Monday as the streaking Smithsburg boys soccer team captured a 5-2 win over MVAL Antietam opponent Clear Spring.

The No. 6 Leopards, winners of six straight, jumped out to an early lead when Kretzer connected from 10 yards out in the eighth minute. He added an assist on Carson's goal about 10 minutes later.

Another Carson tally made it 3-0 before Clear Spring standout Francesco Scotto di Carlo finally put his team on the scoreboard with a goal from the left side.

Kretzer put the finishing touches on an impressive first half with another tally in the closing six minutes, making the score 4-1 Smithsburg at intermission.

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The Leopards (9-2, 1-0) weren't as overpowering in the second half, as Clear Spring (4-5, 1-2) played a more physical style and made numerous attempts to cut into the halftime deficit.

"I thought we got away from our game in the first 20 minutes of the second half," Smithsburg coach Paul Newman said. "We played a strong first half, but we allowed them to get aggressive early in the second half. Offensively, we didn't play Smithsburg ball, we didn't pass as well and didn't use the field like we had been doing. We just didn't play with the same intensity."

Carson and Kretzer were pleased with the win.

"The team has come a long way and we played well tonight, especially in the first half," said Carson, who had his third multigoal game.

"This is my second game today and third in two days," Kretzer said. "I play on a club team in Frederick and we played tournament games the last two days. We lost the championship game today but we came through tonight."

Kretzer scored four goals in a win against Hedgesville on Saturday. On Monday, he and Carson went to work early and teammate David Kurz added a goal in the closing minutes to help keep Clear Spring at bay.

"We gave up those two goals quickly in the first half but I thought we played much better after that," Clear Spring coach Mark Myers said. "We were 3-4 at this time last year and went on to a 13-5 record and the region championship. Maybe history will repeat itself. We have some good players."

Heading that list is senior di Carlo. He scored both Clear Spring goals and just missed another in the early portion of the first half, when his 10-yard attempt hit the top of the crossbar. He has eight goals this season, as does Kretzer. Carson has tallied 10 times.

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