Glenelg falls to 1-3 with loss to Liberty Ozgar's two goals boost 7-0 Lions, 2-1 Boys soccer

September 29, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Mark Ozgar scored both Liberty goals and goalkeeper Josh Gursky excelled as the No. 8 Lions extended their boys soccer record to 7-0 with a 2-1 triumph over host Glenelg yesterday.

Ozgar, a junior, scored the game's first goal in the 27th minute off of a dead-ball situation. Steve Reigil's throw-in deflected off Mike Sheehan to Ozgar, who was standing at the far post and kicked it in.

"Part of our game plan was to try and capitalize on dead balls," Liberty coach Lee Kestler said.

Ozgar scored again 10 minutes into the second half on sheer speed and skill. He outran defender Tom Hobbs and kicked a shot by Glenelg goalkeeper John Golding.

Glenelg (1-3), defending Class 2A state co-champion, rallied with nine minutes left on a header by Scott Bryan off an assist from Reg Brown.

Liberty's defense then toughened in the final minutes and snuffed an indirect kick from the 15-yard line, as well as a couple of other dangerous situations.

Liberty goalkeeper Gursky made 17 saves. He withstood a lot of pressure from Glenelg in the first half when the Gladiators took 14 shots.

Glenelg's Mike Johnson created some especially tough chances for Gursky. Johnson's shot four minutes into the game was Gursky's toughest -- a diving stop of a hard kick.

But toward the end of the first half Johnson broke loose one-on-one against Gursky and the goalkeeper snuffed the ball with his legs before Johnson could shoot. Gursky made a similar play a minute later against Johnson.

"We were flat in the first half," Kestler said. "We just weren't ready to play. Glenelg had us outsized and this was a physically tough game for us."

Liberty players drew four yellow cards during the contest, which deteriorated into a pushing and complaining match in the second half.

Late in the game, a shoving match that involved two Liberty players and a Glenelg player in the Gladiators' penalty area spread into a more widespread scuffle, and both coaches ran onto the field.

"I thought one of our players got pushed from behind and we should have had a penalty kick," Glenelg coach John Bouman said. "But the officials decided to let the entire thing go. They said my player pushed their goalkeeper first."

Bouman also thought his team should have received two other penalty kicks -- one on which a Liberty player pulled one of his players by the jersey as he drove toward the goal. On another occasion, Johnson was bumped by two Liberty players as he drove toward goal but no penalty was called.

Kestler, Liberty's coach since 1984, is riding an unprecedented wave of success.

"I've never had a team win more than four straight games," he said.

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