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Girls Soccer: Blazers blank Panthers on Senior Night

October 23, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Clear Spring's Elizabeth Boyer, left, moves the ball past Hancock's Keirsten Yeakle during the first half Monday night at Clear Spring. The Blazers defeated the Panthers 8-0.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — The Clear Spring Blazers celebrated Senior Night by chalking up an 8-0 win over the Hancock Panthers on Monday in a Washington County high school girls soccer game.

Senior Tori Albert shared goalkeeping duties with Jen Bowers as the two combined for the shutout for the Blazers, who built a 5-0 halftime lead. Albert also scored a goal in the victory.

“It’s good to have that win to go out with on your last home game,” Albert said. “Our defense helped me out tonight. They worked the ball around pretty good. When you have that big lead, it helps us to relax and calm down a little. It’s good to have that little comfort level. We have definitely made a lot more progress than what we expected. I think that our team has got good momentum going into the playoffs.”

Clear Spring (8-5) got on the scoreboard just three minutes into the game on an unassisted goal by Jessica Faulkner.

Kim Jardine made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal in the 15th minute, and Jenna Lipinski upped the lead to 3-0 with another unassisted goal in the 27th minute.

Cayla Garner scored on an assist from Caylin Reid in the 32nd minute, and McKenzie Divelbiss added a goal on an assist from Kayla Stoner in the 37th minute to give Clear Spring a 5-0 halftime lead.

Kierston Dudley scored on an assist from Lexi Albert in the 46th minute to increase the Blazers’ advantage to 6-0.

Tori Albert scored an unassisted goal in the 56th minute, and Reid added another unassisted goal in the 71st minute to complete the scoring for Clear Spring.

“It was a nice win to have for Senior Night,” Clear Spring coach Brian Albert said. “We have seven seniors out there. We played pretty well. We tried to move the ball around the field. We tried to spread out the scoring tonight. We wanted to get the seniors involved in the game. Our defense has been strong all year. They play well as a unit. They are very aggressive and very confident once they win the ball.”

The Blazers outshot the Panthers, 19-6.

Tori Albert had one save in the first half, while Bowers had five saves in the second half for Clear Spring.

Maddie Hixon made 11 saves for Hancock (0-11-1).

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