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Dice sets Blazers' goals record

October 16, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

Sarah Dice watched from the sidelines the last time the Clear Spring single-season goals record was set.

When it happened Wednesday night at School Stadium, Dice was the one making history.

Dice scored in the 48th minute -- her 19th of the season -- to break Lauren Ebersole's 6-year-old record and help the No. 6 Blazers to a 3-1 victory against South Hagerstown.

"It feels amazing," Dice said. "Coming into the season I knew we had a strong team, but I never dreamed of setting the record."

Ebersole set the record as a senior in 2002.

"I didn't know her very well. I was a ball girl when she did it," Dice said. "She was one of my heroes and it feels great to be able to do it, too."

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Dice got her 17th and 18th goals on Oct. 8 but went scoreless against St. James in the following game. She cracked the net Monday after taking a pass from Jessi Dice and squeezing it through a hole created by the left goalpost, a Rebels defender and goalie Christine Kantner.

"I really thought I was going to get (the record) against St. James, but not getting it then just made me try harder," said Dice, who became Clear Spring's all-time leader in points earlier this season. "This is one of my biggest accomplishments."

Dice may hold the record, but she wasn't even the leading scorer in the game Monday night as freshman teammate Miranda Kearney scored a pair of first-half goals. The first score came in the 12th minute after she broke up the sideline and stuck it past Kantner to knot the game at 1-1.

The Blazers score came just five minutes after South's Jessica Englehart scored in the seventh minute.

"We were really flat in the first few minutes of the game," said Clear Spring coach Jeff Semler. "Fortunately when we got down we were able to come back pretty quickly."

Kearney scored the go-ahead goal 8 1/2 minutes later, heading in a corner kick by Jessi Dice.

"We had breakdowns and that's what happened on those goals," said South coach Scott Buhrman. "To be honest, it's toward the end of the season and a lot of girls are playing sick, playing hurt, but they're going all out. The girls never give up."

The Rebels (1-8) have lost six straight games by a combined margin of 33-4. Meanwhile, Clear Spring (8-5-1) has clinched a winning record and wraps up the regular season against Hancock on Monday.

"We're getting to where we need to be," Semler said. "We were hoping for 10 wins, but we'll settle for nine."

If there is a 10th game to be won, it will be in the Maryland Class 1A West playoffs.

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