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Boys soccer: Blazers, Leopards, Wildcats win at county tourney

September 01, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING — The 2012 boys soccer season kicked off Friday with the quarterfinals of the Washington County Public Schools Tournament.

The host Blazers started their season with a 1-0 victory on their home field. Jonothan Henesy broke free for a 20-yard one-timer past Boonsboro goalie Greg Fiola in the 34th minute for the deciding score. From there, the Blazers (1-0) and Warriors played stalemate soccer, with both teams splitting the possession about even.

“This was a good hard-played game. I was happy with (my players), it was a shutout,” Clear Spring coach Lynn Mills said. “Boonsboro has come a long way, they’re going to be a good team this year. We’ll play anybody tomorrow, we’re ready.”

Boonsboro (0-1) had scoring opportunities in the final two minutes of the game with two breakaway chances, but Clear Spring goalie Levi Bucher turned away both shots to preserve the shutout. Bucher had six saves.

“I think we moved the ball well but we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” Boonsboro coach Roy Rickerds said. “When you get two or three opportunities to score, you’ve got to capitalize.”

In earlier action, Smithsburg notched its first victory of the season with a 2-0 win over South Hagerstown.

The Leopards (1-0, 1-0) scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game, both off assists by Adler Garrett. Nate Redman sent a cross by Garrett into the left corner of the Rebels’ net in the third minute. Five minutes later, Ryan Bolton sent a beautiful header past South goalie Joe Rohr on a nearly identical Garrett cross.

 “It was a fast start, which we liked, but because we have young talent, they took their foot off of the gas and relaxed,” Smithsburg coach Paul Newman said. “The defense played decently, they kept their shape well, but if we don’t improve our ability to play possession soccer, we’re going to be in for some tough games.”

South (0-1, 0-1) controlled the ball for most of the second half but couldn’t find the net past goalie Adam Dwyer and the Leopards’ defense. Dwyer had four saves.

“We gave up two cheap goals. I think it’s safe to say that we had possession in the second half and we couldn’t finish. We had chances to tie and we couldn’t break the seal of the net,” South coach Ryan Mills said. “With two seniors on the team, I think we played well. This is a stepping stone and we’ll treat it as such.”

Friday’s late game saw Colton Myers send Williamsport to a 2-1 victory over North Hagerstown with a goal in the 80th minute, assisted by Ryan Schnurr.

The Wildcats and Hubs took a 1-1 tie into the second half before Myers’s last-minute heroics sealed the victory for Williamsport. Myers scored twice for the Wildcats (1-0, 1-0). Ryan Byard scored in the 36th minute for North, but the Hubs (0-1, 0-1) couldn’t find the net a second time past goalie Corey Ellis, who had seven saves. 

Williamsport hosts today’s semifinal action, starting at 10 a.m. with Boonsboro facing South in the fifth-place game. Williamsport plays Clear Spring at noon, followed by Smithsburg vs. North at 2 p.m.

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