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Blazers shut out Rebels

September 22, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Clear Spring girls soccer team scored its second victory in three weeks against South Hagerstown on Thursday night, shutting out the Rebels 4-0 in an MVAL Antietam game.

Clear Spring (3-2, 1-1) also defeated South Hagerstown (0-5, 0-3) in the fifth-place game of the Washington County Public Schools Tournament.

Junior midfielder Cayla Garner was the player of the match, finishing with two goals and an assist for Clear Spring.

“They were great balls that were sent to me,” Garner said. “I just put them in. We were able to get the ball down the field successfully. We have many players on our team that are capable of scoring.”

Garner said Clear Spring did what it had to do on defense to keep South from getting into its offense.

“All of us worked well together,” Garner said. “That helped us get our shutout. Our defense held up strong. Everyone communicated with each other.”

The Blazers struggled at times in the first half and only held a skimpy 1-0 advantage at halftime.

The goal came in the 23rd minute when senior striker Briar Dalton scored through the middle on an assist by Garner.

“During the first half, we were a little sluggish,” Clear Spring coach Brian Albert said. “We had some shots on goal, but we couldn’t finish. At halftime, I spoke to the girls about moving to the ball and having more urgency to get to the ball. I thought that we played better in the second half.”

Garner scored unassisted in the 53rd minute to extend Clear Spring’s lead to 2-0. In the 63rd minute, senior midfielder Jessica Barnhart scored on an assist by senior midfielder Jaime Humbertson to increase the Blazers’ advantage to 3-0. In the 74th minute, Garner got her second goal on an assist by senior midfielder Bethany Bowers.

“Our defense played well,” Albert said. “We are anchored in the middle by senior Miranda Kearney and left back Sam Kriner. Both of them absolutely did a good job of organizing the defense. We have the potential to be in every game. We have three games coming up in the next six days. That will be a big test for us.”

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