By JACK HILL III
11:03 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
Practice makes perfect.
Clear Spring’s boys soccer team has spent plenty of time on the practice pitch working on a particular play.
The Blazers were rewarded on Thursday night, as that play gave them the only goal of the evening as they edged Williamsport 1-0 in the MVAL Antietam.
Junior midfielder Bradly Mills made a pass to senior midfielder Nick Brandt, who then found junior striker Kevin Carbajal — whose header from the left side found the net in the 63rd minute.
“It feels great to get that goal,” Carbajal said. “I just got myself in the proper position. Once I got into position, I was able to leap and make the header. We have a good team. We played good defense.”
The game turned out to be good preparation for Clear Spring (10-2-1, 4-1-1), as the Blazers will play North Hagerstown in the Washington County Public Schools tournament championship game Saturday at 1 p.m. at South Hagerstown’s School Stadium.
“It was an awesome win,” Blazers coach Lynn Mills said. “It was a very good game. We have practiced that play all year and it paid off. I am proud of the boys and we are ready for Saturday.”
Senior goalkeeper Levi Bucher recorded a shutout as he made nine saves for the Blazers.
“We really wanted this,” Bucher said. “C.J. Elwood and Jake Ernst kept it solid in the middle. Quinn Rhodes and Zach Robertson kept the ball wide and they didn’t let Colton Myers come through the middle.”
Clear Spring took 12 shots to nine for Williamsport (6-4, 3-3). Junior goalkeeper Corey Ellis made 11 saves for the Wildcats.
“I think the bottom line is that they finished a chance and we didn’t,” Williamsport coach Chris Downs said. “We had several opportunities at the beginning of the second half. We probably should have been up 2-0. It was a good game between two rivals. We just came up on the short end. We have three games next week to get things sorted out for the playoffs.”
JV: Williamsport, 4-0.
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