All-County Boys Soccer: Blazers' McClure came into his own
Clear Spring senior Corey McClure is The Herald-Mail's 2012 Washington County Boys Soccer Player of the Year. (By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer)
Corey McClure moved to Clear Spring when he was 4 years old and started playing soccer when he was a first-grader.
The years go by quickly and McClure will soon wrap up his days as a senior at Clear Spring and head on to bigger things.
His individual numbers weren’t gaudy, but he was the main force when it came to delivering key goals. He finished with a team-leading 15 goals this past season and also had a pair of assists.
When all was said and done, Clear Spring had a 13-3-1 record, one of its best ever, and a county championship.
McClure is The Herald-Mail’s 2012 Washington County Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
The soft-spoken redhead said he wasn’t worried about any individual honors.
“I wanted this year to be better than last year,” McClure said. “We all got along, and we were so close to making it to states.”
It was in the Washington County Public Schools championship game on Oct. 13 that McClure stood out, scoring both goals for the Blazers in their 2-0 win over North Hagerstown. He also scored the only goal in regulation in the county semifinals against Williamsport, a 1-1 tie that went to penalty kicks with Clear Spring winning.
Coach Lynn Mills has seen the progression of McClure.
“(McClure) was a good player, but I think last year was a little mediocre,” Mills said. “Maybe he was playing out of position some, but we made some adjustments and he exploded this year.”
At forward, McClure relied on a pair of midfielders feeding him the ball in Bradly Mills and Jonathan Henesy.
“I couldn’t have scored without those two,” McClure said. “They fed me the ball perfectly.”
As for the future, McClure said he might play soccer if he attends college and mentioned Frostburg State as a possibility. He also is interested in the Air National Guard.
McClure also plays tennis for the Blazers.
There was tough competition for the award, including the likes of St. Maria Goretti’s Kevin Proctor and Williamsport’s Owen Marx.
Joing McClure on the all-county first team are:
Levi Bucher, Clear Spring
The senior goalkeeper allowed only 12 goals for a 0.77 goals against average, just behind North’s Max Ober. Bucher recorded 10 shutouts, facing 134 shots.