Boys Soccer: Blazers get used to habit of beating Hubs by two

October 13, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • North Hagerstown's Yusuf Bodirov (left) and Clear Spring's Jonathan Henesy (right) muscle for position to get the ball during the Blazers' 2-0 victory to win the county tournament title.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — For the second time this season, Clear Spring defeated North Hagerstown 2-0 in boys soccer.

Saturday’s victory at South Hagerstown’s School Stadium gave Clear Spring a little something extra, however — the Blazers’ first ever championship in the Washington County Public Schools tournament.

“We’ve had an awesome season,” said Clear Spring coach Lynn Mills. “We’ve had the desire to win and played with heart.”

And in their heart was Quinn Hoover, their former teammate who was killed in a car accident in March.

“This season and this championship is dedicated to Quinn Hoover and family,” said Mills. “The kids have worn green arm bands all year in his honor.”

The Blazers (11-2-1) also displaced North in its run of titles. The Hubs (6-6) had won the last four championships, including a 1-0 victory over Clear Spring in 2010.

“It’s amazing to think of this team winning the championship,” said senior striker Corey McClure, who punched in both goals for the Blazers. “All year we’ve won with our defense. We’ve got the best keeper in Levi (Bucher).”

Clear Spring did not waste time getting on the scoreboard.

In the 5th minute, a deflection of a corner kick by Jonathan Henesy was controlled by Nick Brandt, who crossed into the middle for McClure. He sent his shot from inside 6 yards past North keeper Casey Goodrich.

The Hubs were playing without regular keeper Max Ober and striker Mark Grunberg.

North had a chance to tie in the 12th minute when Zach Barton missed on a header at the net, right at the post, missing a goal by inches.

In the 35th minute, Ben Roberts passed to Wesley Wilson, who scored. But the goal was waved off due to the Hubs being offside.

“I didn’t think there was an offside, but the officials are on the field and making the calls,” said North coach Glen Singer.

Clear Spring made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute with a goal of unfortunate circumstance for North’s Goodrich.

A corner kick by Bradly Mills reached Goodrich. He lost control as he went to cover up the ball and McClure was on the spot to knock in his 15th goal of the year.

“I think the second goal took the wind out of the sails (for North),” said Mills.

The Hubs had more control of the midfield in the first half but couldn’t make the most of any other opportunities.

“I thought we played well and in control of the second half,” said McClure.

North outshot Clear Spring 6-4 in the first half. The Blazers got off five shots in the second half but North could get only one — which Bucher saved, one of his five in the game. Goodrich had five saves for North.

“We had chances in the first half,” said Singer. “The second goal was unfortunate and made us change our style of play. I think we got tired.”

Despite leading the Blazers in scoring, McClure was quick to deflect praise from just himself.

“We had a rough start early in the season on offense,” he said. “Once (Kevin) Carbajal got on board, it was like the final piece to the entire puzzle.”

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