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Hawbaker leads East in charity contest, but event is real star of game

November 14, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • East's Amber Smith, of Boonsboro, left, tries to defend a pass by the West's Renee Barnes, of Williamsport, during the Kick'n It For A Cause, charity girls' soccer game at Clear Spring. The East scored a 3-1 victory.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — Washington County’s senior girls soccer players took the field on Monday for the second annual Kick’n It For A Cause exhibition game at Clear Spring High School.

Kick’n It For A Cause was created and organized as a charity fundraiser by Marsha Long, whose son Alec — a former Clear Spring soccer player — is celebrating three years of being cancer free.

“I’m just glad we have something like this to support the charities,” said Long. “Each year we seem to get more people participating, and the more participants we get, the more we can support the charities.”

Boonsboro’s Ashlyn Hawbaker scored two goals to lead the East to a 3-1 victory in the game that was more about the cause than the score.

“It was an honor for me to coach and to have one of my seniors (Danielle Langley) play in this game,” said South Hagerstown’s Abib Niang, who coached the East. “I’m pleased that we won, but I’m more pleased with the cause that this game was played for. I hope that this event gets bigger and that all seniors in Washington County would participate.”

Hawbaker gave the East a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute with a 30-yard strike past West goalie Kelsie Munch of Hancock. The West tied the game in the 35th minute with a goal by Williamsport’s Casey Arnone off an assist by Clear Spring’s Miranda Kearney for a 1-1 tie at the half.

St. Maria Goretti’s Annie Cochran scored to give the East the lead in the 47th minute before Hawbaker tallied an insurance goal in the 56th minute for the two-goal victory.

“My main thing in this game was to get everyone in the game since this is the last competitive game that many of these girls will play,” said Clear Spring coach Brian Albert, who coached the West. “It wasn’t as competitive as a regular game, but it was good for a charity and I’m glad I could be a part of it.”

This year’s proceeds were donated to Shirley’s Legacy, established in honor of Shirley B. Robison, a Hagerstown resident and mentor to cancer patients who lost her own battle with cancer in 1997.

Besides ticket sales and concessions, Long and her family raised $137 in a raffle for a ball signed by all of the participants. Long said support continues to grow so Kick’n it For A Cause will continue to be an annual event.

“The girls love it, since they get to play one more game with their friends from other schools,” said Long. “Some of the boys from around the county want a game like this too, so who knows? We may just have two games like this in the future.”

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