First loss ends Liberty's year Boys soccer

November 10, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

FREDERICK — Because of production problems this article did not appear in some of yesterday's editions. FREDERICK -- The Liberty Lions experienced something Monday night that they hadn't all season long -- coming home with a loss.

The top-seeded Lions opened the second half of their Class 2A West region final against Middletown with some of their best offensive work in an impressive season.

After the Lions came up dry on three solid scoring chances, Middletown struck gold when Peter Medd took a feed from Michael Silverman and placed a shot from 18 yards out into the top right corner.

The goal came with a little more than 27 minutes remaining and proved to be the game-winner. The Knights (13-0-1) went on to a 2-0 victory at Thomas Johnson High School and advanced to the state tournament next weekend. Matt DeOrsey added the insurance goal with 12:18 remaining.

A banner season for Liberty came to a disappointing end. After an uncharacteristically subpar 1992, in which they finished just over the .500 mark, the Lions rebounded this year and finished 11-1-2.

"It was a tough ride home. We had some hurting puppies, but they have nothing to be ashamed of," Liberty coach Lee Kestler said.

"We felt we had the opportunities and the potential to play in the [state] finals this year. [The players] felt they had redemption to show from the year before and came in with a lot of heart and great work habits. You never want to go home a loser, but both teams can't win. A lot of people were expecting to see a good match and we didn't disappoint anyone."

The loss shouldn't tarnish the Lions' fine season.

In fact, Kestler said the 1981 season, in which Liberty went 13-1, was the only one that could top this year's.

"We just didn't capitalize on opportunities when we created them and they capitalized on two," Kestler said. "It was a great season. When we went through a lull, we came away with two ties instead of two losses and the kids always responded and rose to the challenge. It felt good to win back the county and Central Maryland Conference."

Liberty outplayed the Knights most of the second half but was unable to capitalize.

Eight minutes into the half, Mark Ozgar made a great run down the left side and fed Mike Sheehan streaking down the middle, but Sheehan wasn't able to get a foot on the pass.

Moments later, defender Eddie Morrell took a shot from 30 yards out that keeper Jeff Lowe tipped over the crossbar. On the ensuing corner kick, Steve Reigel headed a ball in close that a defender headed off the line.

That's when Medd cashed in. Jimmy Vandre beat a Liberty defender down the left side and fed Silverman, who brought the ball back out to Medd. He dribbled once before firing the game-winner from just inside the 18-yard mark.

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