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Girls Soccer: Wildcats shut out Clear Spring to remain perfect in MVAL Antietam

October 11, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING — The Williamsport girls soccer team strolled into Clear Spring Thursday with a perfect MVAL Antietam record and kept it unblemished with a 2-0 victory over the Blazers.

“Clear Spring always plays us tough. They’re a well-organized team and work very hard,” said Williamsport coach Tim Salvagno, whose team improved to 6-0 in the conference and 9-1-1 overall. “It was a great result for us coming out with the win.”

It was an offensive struggle in the first half that led to a scoreless tie at the half.

Neither Williamsport nor Clear Spring (6-4, 3-2) was able to get off clean shots on the cage. There wasn’t enough contact on shots and the shooting lanes were often crowded.

The Wildcats broke the tie in the 49th minute when Ashley Likely was credited for the goal when a small scrum ensued in front of the Clear Spring goal and the ball trickled in the net.

“That (first) score was huge,” Salvagno said. “The girls had some nerves after not scoring in the first, but they stuck to the plan and were able to get one through.”

The scoring subsided before Williamsport netted another goal in the final minute.

“I thought we played well,” Clear Spring coach Brian Albert said. “Williamsport is a tough team. We had as many opportunities as they did but couldn’t capitalize.”

The Wildcats’ second goal looked to be an easy save for Clear Spring’s Cayla Garner, but she misplayed Regan Stout’s shot and had it go through her hands. The game ended seconds later.

Salvagno said his team needs to work on generating more quality shots.

“The main thing is the basics,” he said. “The 50/50 opportunities let us down, but if we can clean that up, we should be fine.”

Albert said he was pleased with his team’s defense and excited for the future.

“The defense played well. We were able to put some pressure on,” he said. “All the girls will be back next year so we’ll keep continuing to build.”

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