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High School Soccer: Senior players kick it one more time

November 12, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING — For the third straight year, high school senior soccer players around Washington County faced off one last time for charity at the annual “Kick’n It For A Cause” event held at Clear Spring High School.

The event raises money for the Shirley B. Robison Memorial Fund, a local charity that awards grants to cancer patients or families of cancer patients.

“Our proceeds go to the fund, which tries to give money to families with a child with cancer,” said Marsha Long, the event’s coordinator.

With only a girls game the first two years, “Kick’n It For A Cause” raised more than $1,300 for the fund. This year, the event expanded to include a boys game, which in turn has raised awareness and admission.

“My goal was to get $1,000 this year and I know we’re pretty close,” said Long. “We had more in admissions this year than last year, and I think our numbers will continue to grow.”

The East squad won the girls game 3-2, led by two goals by Kayla Stoner of Clear Spring. Lauren Johnson of Williamsport got the East on the board in the 19th minute off an assist by her Wildcat teammate Ashley Likely. Stoner scored her first goal 20 minutes later to give the East a two-goal advantage.

Less than a minute later, the West squad got on the board when Elyse Koterwas of Smithsburg scored on a cross by Emily Cronise (Boonsboro). Cronise’s cross bounced off of East goalie Cayla Garner (Clear Spring) right to Koterwas, who deposited the ball in the right corner of the net.

Cronise then tied the game at 2-2 with a long shot from the right side of the field that bent into the East’s net. However, Stoner scored the winning goal for the East in the 62nd minute on an assist from Garner. West goalie Alexis Barone (St. Maria Goretti) was caught out of position when the ball ricocheted off of the left post, setting up the uncontested score for Stoner.

“It’s nice for the seniors to come out and play for an event like this,” said Clear Spring girls coach Brian Albert, who led the West team. “They had their spurts of seriousness when a goal was scored, but they got a chance to play different positions and we let them set themselves. It was just one more chance for the girls to have a little fun.”

The boys game looked as though it was going to end in a scoreless draw, but Colton Myers of Williamsport gave the West a 1-0 victory with a goal in the 53rd minute. Levi Bucher of Clear Spring was the star in goal for the West with 10 saves.

“We just need to advertise the event a little more and get some more folks out here,” said Clear Spring boys coach Lynn Mills, who led the West squad. “The kids had a good time.”

Long hopes that with continued success, “Kick’n It For A Cause” will be an event that Washington County will see for years to come.

“I’m hoping to keep this going every year,” said Long. “The kids have fun, the parents have fun and we raise money for a great cause.”

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