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'Cats, Blazers tied up in nots in no-win game

October 24, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Williamsport and Clear Spring boys soccer teams both tried to score in during regulation but neither could manage a goal.

Both tried scoring over the course of two 10-minute overtimes but couldn’t find the net Monday night, as the Blazers and Wildcats played to a 0-0 draw in an MVAL Antietam at North Hagerstown’s Mike Callas Stadium.

Both teams had opportunities throughout the 100 minutes of play but a wide shot or a chance thwarted by the opposing defense negated scores over the course of the game.

“We had our attempts tonight,” Clear Spring coach Mark Myers said. “We just had too many missed opportunities.”

Clear Spring (4-7-1, 2-4-1) had one of the night’s best chances in the 65th minute, when Ralph Weaver attempted a penalty kick, but the shot sailed wide left.

Williamsport (10-3-2, 4-1-2) was without some key players but managed to keep Clear Spring scoreless.

“We had to shuffle some things around tonight,” Williamsport Chris Downs said. “Couldn’t get things going up top.”

Williamsport’s defense has been strong all season as the Wildcats have only allowed eight goals on the year.

“The kids played with heart tonight,” Myers said. “It’s a shame the game had to end in a tie, but against a team like (Williamsport), it’s almost as good as a win.”

“It’s always a tough game, Williamsport and Clear Spring,” Downs said.

Williamsport earned the second seed — and a first-round bye — in the Maryland 2A West region tournament and will play either Oakdale or Poosville in the quarterfinals.

“We’ll take the shutout,” Downs said. “We have a lot to be proud of this season.”

Clear Spring begins its playoff run Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Boonsboro in the 1A West first round.

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