Cavaliers hold back Lions, 3-2 Girls soccer

September 16, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The up-and-coming Liberty Lions gave defending county champ South Carroll everything it could handle. But in the end, the Cavaliers' experience proved to be the difference as they came away with a 3-2 win at Liberty.

The Cavs (2-0) enjoyed a two-goal lead most of the second half, but a late goal by Liberty's Haley DeLaurence made things interesting as the Lions pressed for the tying goal in the final two minutes before coming up short.

"Liberty's young kids had every right to quit and never did," said South Carroll coach Jim Horn.

"I thought our experience was the difference and I feel we did a pretty good job tonight."

Both teams came into the contest undefeated and on a roll offensively -- combining for 28 goals in three wins (two for Liberty, one for South Carroll).

The Lions (2-1), who start two freshmen and a handful of sophomores, came out a little jittery at the start and the 15th-ranked Cavaliers took advantage, firing the game's first five shots on goal.

The Cavs got on the board eight minutes in when Anne Schaeffer scored off a feed from Amber Clutter.

Clutter collected the ball just outside the 18, beat a Lions' defender and dished off to Schaeffer along the right side. Schaeffer beat goalie Angi Primavera at the near post.

South Carroll made it 2-0 at the 24:32 mark when a loose ball skimmed on the wet surface in front to a waiting Lindsey Vosloh. Liberty coach Lynn Stone said the two early goals were the difference.

"We learned a lesson tonight about coming out flat. We got down two goals and they beat us by one -- that's the game," she said.

"We have a very young team and they didn't quit and scoring that late goal shows me they have a lot of heart."

The Lions battled back to get within one 14 minutes before intermission with a fine individual effort from Natalie Hannibal. The junior forward got free along the right side and beat goalie Kendra Pulis high to the far post with a shot off a tough angle.

But after Clutter made it 3-1 in the opening minutes of the second half, scoring off a corner kick delivered by Carrie Tamburo, the Cavaliers' defense tightened behind Pulis.

The Lions continued to press the rest of the half, but couldn't get the tying goal.

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