Liberty beats Towson in semifinal, 2-1

November 05, 1992|By Neil Lippy | Neil Lippy,Contributing Writer

The Liberty girls soccer team scored twice early in the second half against Towson in the Class 2A-1A, Region II semifinal round for a 2-1 win.

"I told them at the half you have five minutes to score a goal," said Liberty coach Lynn Stone, "and they scored two goals in less than five minutes."

Robin Leeds and Katie Kelbaugh booted two goals after a scoreless first half to give Liberty a 2-0 lead and advance to the regional championship to meet North Carroll, a 4-1 winner against Hereford.

Lisa Renz scored the only goal for Towson (8-4-2) on a direct kick four minutes after the goals by Liberty (6-5-2).

"We just couldn't get one in," said Towson coach Susan Beeler. "I'm sure it was frustrating. We just couldn't find the right combination of speed and quickness."

Despite the lack of a score, Liberty had dominated the first half with five shots on goal to Towson's three.

The Lions, seeded third, had kept the ball on the second-seeded Generals' side of the field.

On Liberty's first possession of the second half, Amy Wolff had a one-on-one break, with Towson goalie Sarah Weaver coming out of the box to help.

Wolff cross-passed to Robin Leeds, who streaked pass Lindsay Buchanan for the score with 3:33 elapsing in the second half.

"Amy came down the side and crossed to the middle. I saw the goalie go out," said Leeds of her third goal of the season. "and I just tried to fake her out."

One minute, 13 seconds later Kelbaugh kicked a rocket on a direct kick just over Nicole Walker's reach, who had replaced an injured Weaver as goalie, for a 2-0 lead.

On a direct kick, Renz found the right corner of the net and the rolling ball that eluded the hands of Lions goalie Danielle Fostik for a 2-1 game with 9:03 gone in the half.

The Generals dominated play in the second half, but Fostik and company erected a stone wall after Renz's goal.

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