CLEAR SPRING —A brutal start was too much for the Clear Spring boys soccer team to overcome on Wednesday night as the Blazers fell to Middletown, 3-1, in a non-conference tilt.
Middletown, fresh off a victory over previously unbeaten Brunswick on Saturday, scored in the first minute and again just eight minutes later to put the Blazers in a quick 2-0 hole.
“They were a quick team and got some through balls on their scores,” said Clear Spring coach Lynn Mills.
The first came just 33 seconds into the match when Josh Greene stayed onside just long enough to get a shot past Clear Spring keeper Levi Bucher.
Clear Spring (7-2-1) threatened to tie on the rebound when Jonathan Henesy, off a feed from C.J. Elwood, was denied in front of the Middletown goal by Knights keeper David Burgenson.
In the ninth minute, Greene broke through a pair of Clear Spring defenders and looped a shot over the head of Bucher for a 2-0 lead.
The Blazers weren’t without their opportunities. They just couldn’t get the job done and cut into the deficit.
In the 20th minute, Burgenson made a save but couldn’t maintain control of the ball. Clear Spring’s Kevin Carbajal got a foot on the loose ball, but Burgenson made the save.
Then, 12 minutes later, the Blazers had a rush to the goal and had three point-blank shots by Nick Brandt, Corey McClure and Carbajal inside of five yards, but none could connect.
“We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities like we have,” said Mills. “We had an off night. We’ll come back.”
Middletown (6-2-1) took a 3-0 lead on a goal by Zach Fontenot after sneaking past two Clear Spring defenders before connecting on a shot in the far reaches of the net opposite of Bucher.
Clear Spring finally got on the board in the 70th minute when McClure rifled a shot from 20 yards out past Burgenson.
The Blazers were active offensively with 15 shots, 10 on goal. Middletown had 15 shots, including 10 on goal with Bucher making seven saves.
“We rested a couple of guys that are banged up,” said Mills. “Middletown had always been a good 2A team. We’ll get healthy and hit our shots.”
After games Friday and Monday, the Blazers have two tough encounters ahead — Williamsport on Oct. 11 and the Washington County championship on Oct. 13.
JV: Middletown 6, Clear Spring 1.