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Boys Soccer: Blazers storm to shutout win to reign in rain

October 18, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — C.J. Elwood and Matt Lowenhaupt each scored a goal as Clear Spring shut out Boonsboro 2-0 on Thursday night in an MVAL Antietam boys soccer match that was shortened by a persistent rain.

The game officials stopped the match with about 15 minutes remaining in the second half after deeming the field unfit for play.

“It was miserable there for a while, but we all agreed to stop playing,” said Clear Spring coach Lynn Mills, whose team improved to 12-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the Antietam.

As the field conditions worsened, players had trouble keeping their footing. The final decision to stop the game was made after two players fighting for the ball slipped and landed harshly on the ground.

“With playoffs coming up, it’s better to stop the game instead of getting players hurt,” said Boonsboro coach Roy Rickerds, whose team fell to 4-10 (2-5).

It wasn’t until after the rain began to fall that the first goal was scored.

Elwood was set up perfectly in front of the goal by a Bradly Mills assist to score the Blazers’ first goal in the 38th minute.

“We played them hard in the first half,” Rickerds said. “Clear Spring is the best team in the county. They’re very well coached, and I think this was one the best games we’ve played all season.”

Clear Spring didn’t waste much time scoring its second goal in the second half. Lowenhaupt scored in the 43rd minute, assisted by both Bradly Mills and Zach Robertson.

Clear Spring goalie Levi Bucher finished with five saves for his ninth shutout of the season, while Boonsboro’s Greg Fiola recorded two saves.

“It was a good game,” Lynn Mills said. “It was our ninth shutout of the season, and now we’re looking forward to the playoffs.”

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