HAGERSTOWN — The Clear Spring and Williamsport girls soccer teams earned first-round victories on Friday in the Washington County Tournament at Mike Callas Stadium.
The Blazers defeated the South Hagerstown Rebels 4-1 in the opening game, before the Wildcats shut out Hancock 11-0 in the second game.
* In the opener, Clear Spring got on the scoreboard in the fifth minute when senior Sam Staley scored on an assist from Audrey Flaherty.
Just 56 seconds later, the Blazers scored again on junior forward Lexi Albert’s unassisted goal through the middle.
“I think that we played well and worked together,” Clear Spring coach Brian Albert said.
“We possessed the ball for most of the game,” Albert added. “Our defense worked well. We didn’t give South many opportunities, but they did capitalize when we did break down. ... I am pretty happy with the first game of the year, but we have some things that we have to work on.”
The Rebels got their only goal of the game in the 18th minute as Tori Mills scored on an assist by Caroline O'Reilly.
Clear Spring stretched its lead to 3-1 in the 37th minute when junior Jenna Lipinski scored on an assist from Victoria Lulciuc.
Staley got her second goal in the 77th minute on an assist from Ashley Brady.
The Blazers outshot the Rebels, 11-5.
“I think that we will be in every game,” Brian Albert said. “We just have to put together 80 minutes of soccer. If we do that, we will be successful.”
* In the second game, junior midfielder Madi Knode scored three goals, senior striker Erin Palmer added one goal and three assists and senior defender Regan Stout had a goal and an assist for Williamsport.
“First, I have to give credit to Hancock, regardless of the score,” Williamsport coach Tim Salvagno said. “They just kept working and that is something to be proud of more than winning any game. We saw a lot of good things from Erin, Madi and Regan. They are the heartbeat of our team and it was good to see them start clicking.”
Hancock goalkeeper Kaitlyn Rowe finished with 23 saves.
Hancock’s defense kept Williamsport off the scoreboard for almost 12 minutes before the Wildcats started to find the net. Williamsport took 59 shots to the Panthers’ one.
Kate Wade, Savannah Holder, Carley Robinsonand Sydney Hockensmith also scored for Williamsport. Erin McVicker and Carly Shaw had assists.
* In the nightcap, Smithsburg defeated North Hagerstown, 2-1.
Sarah Duckworth scored both goals for the Leopards on assists by Taryn Kershner and Haley David.
Logan Braun scored on an assist from Anna Schoeck for the Hubs.
Saturday’s schedule at Clear Spring: Fifth-place game, South Hagerstown vs. North Hagerstown, 10 a.m.; Semifinals: Williamsport vs. Clear Spring at noon and Boonsboro vs. Smithsburg at 2 p.m.