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Blazers cruise past Panthers

September 14, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent
  • Clear Spring's Jaime Humbertson heads the ball away from Hancock's Brianna Castle in the first half Monday.
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CLEAR SPRING -- Senior forwards Megan Crowl and Alyssa Brandt scored two goals each to help the Clear Spring Blazers beat the Hancock Panthers 7-0 on Monday night in a Washington County girls soccer game.

"It was a group effort," Crowl said. "We played real well and we distributed the ball well. I was just basically there to finish the goals. I think that we should be real strong this year."

The Blazers are trying to overcome the loss of senior midfielder Jessica Dice, who is out for the season with a torn ACL.

"We miss Jessica Dice," Crowl added. "All of us are adjusting to our new positions."

Brandt said she's impressed with the way that the Blazers are working together.

"It's a team effort every time," Brandt said. "We're learning to work the ball really well. The team's overall performance is good. We definitely have to play our possession game in the future."

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Clear Spring coach Brian Albert had no complaints Monday.

"We started to play our game and hit the ball well," he said. "The whole team was involved with the win. We spread it around without having one girl dominate it. We had five different girls score and we had four different girls with assists.

"I would say the defense is the most experienced part of our team. They do a great job every game."

Things did not go as well for the Panthers as Hancock coach Karen Sornson had hoped they would.

"We started off flat," Sornson said. "Clear Spring played a great game. They went straight to the ball. They wanted it more than we did."

Clear Spring (3-2) outshot Hancock (0-5) by a 26-1 margin.

Panthers goalkeeper Kelsey Munch made 10 saves.

Clear Spring first got on the scoreboard with in the 19th minute when Crowl scored her first goal through the middle on an assist by Jessica Barnhart.

Brandt scored her first goal in the 27th minute, Crowl got her second goal in the 32nd minute and Cayla Garner scored a goal on another assist by Barnhart in the 36th minute as the Blazers took a 4-0 halftime lead.

Clear Spring picked up in the second half where it left off in the first.

Bethany Bowers scored on an assist by Miranda Kearney in the 44th minute, Barnhart came up with a goal in the 48th minute and Brandt got her second goal on an assist by Garner in the 57th minute to complete the scoring.

Earlier in the day, the Clear Spring JV team was a 2-0 winner over Hedgesville.

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