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'Cats earn a Taylor-made win

October 11, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport's Amy Taylor picked a good time to record her first goal of the season.

The junior outraced the Clear Spring defense late in the second half Wednesday and booted a close-range goal from the right side - rallying the Wildcats girls soccer team to a 2-1 victory in the MVAL Antietam.

"It was a great lead-in pass," Taylor said of the assist from Katie Butts. "It's nice to get the goal and nice to defeat a tough opponent like Clear Spring. Everyone wanted this one."

The winners received - and responded to - a halftime message from coach Joe Burger following a lackluster 40 minutes of action.

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"I don't know what it was about the first half, we just didn't play Williamsport soccer," Burger said. "Maybe, we were still thinking about the tough (2-1) loss to Smithsburg on Monday. It was a physical, hard-fought game. And Clear Spring is a tough opponent, we knew that coming in,"

Burger said the Wildcats need consistency the rest of the season.

"Consistency is the key, we had two completely different halves tonight. We play a very tough schedule and we need to be consistent if we are to win," Burger said.

Clear Spring grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the 20th minute on junior Kirstie McMurray's goal ad held the lead into the break, but Williamsport tied matters on leading scorer Morgan Keplinger's goal in the 60th minute and teammate Taylor settled the issue eight minutes later.

The narrow triumph avenged an earlier loss to Clear Spring in the Washington County Tournament.

"We came out inspired and I can't fault the effort," Clear Spring coach Jeff Semler said. "They controlled the second half. They changed the formation, putting more speed up front, and we didn't respond."

Semler praised junior goalkeeper Beth Andrews, who is nursing an ankle injury.

"I still think she's the best goalkeeper in the county," Semler said. "She's been playing hurt since the third game but she gets the job done."

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