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Repp lifts Blazers past Cougars in 2OT

October 25, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

CLEAR SPRING -- Devin Repp has a unique talent.

He found a way to hide in plain sight.

It came in handy for the Clear Spring midfielder during Friday's Maryland Class 1A West first-round match. In fact, it was the key to his success.

Repp popped in the winning goal, standing still while the world was rushing around him, in the 95th minute to give the Blazers a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Catoctin.

"I was just standing there and jumping and the ball popped up in front of me," said Repp. "I just put my head up and was able to put it in."

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It ended a wild flurry of activity in front of the Catoctin goal. Action was spinning all around Repp as he cheated his way up to get into position. In the maze of passes and tackles, the ball came free to him on the left side of the goal and he sent the 8-yard shot to the right side of the goal for the game-winner.

"Everything gets a little crazy in overtime," said Clear Spring coach Mark Myers. "The players start to get a little desperate kicking around at the ball. Devin kept his confidence and the ball bounced over to him. He was in the right place."

The victory moved Clear Spring (6-8-1) into the second round with a Tuesday date at Boonsboro. It was a tough way to exit for Catoctin, which scored in the final seconds of regulation to knot the game at 1 and send it to overtime.

"It just happened and it was unfortunate," said Catoctin coach Wes Baugher. "We missed a tackle, but it could have gone either way. We had more chances than they did, but they got the higher percentage in the net than we did and that is the difference on the scoreboard."

Clear Spring broke a scoreless tie in the 50th minute on an aggressive play by Matt Blair. The Cougars passed the ball back to Graham Ewing in the defensive backfield. Blair came up and challenged him.

Ewing's pass deflected off Blair and rolled down the left sideline. Blair ran down the loose ball and turned it along the goal line to ring up a 12-yard shot for the score.

The Blazers seemed to have the match in hand until Catoctin's final offensive thrust. The Cougars broke four players on the goal ahead of most of Clear Spring's defense, opening up a point-blank shot and score for Kolby Maly right before the end of regulation.

Clear Spring lost the shot battle to Catoctin, 16-15, but Blazers goalie Ryan Cooper made eight saves. But the biggest save came with the patience of Repp.

"We had the will to win," Repp said. "We have four seniors on this team that it could have been their last game. We just wanted to keep playing."

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