Dunbar leads Lions past Owls

April 06, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

It's a new season, but Jason Dunbar of Liberty is still scoring goals.

Dunbar, one of the area's top scoring threats in soccer last fall, scored three goals and had two assists to lead host Liberty to a 10-4 victory over Westminster in a Carroll County matchup last night.

Westminster (2-3, 1-1) came into the game pumped up after its recent victory over South Carroll. Westminster dominated play for much of the first quarter. The Owls took five of the first six shots but could not score.

Liberty (2-1, 1-0) then woke up. After Mark Aprile (three goals) scored with a Brendon Bengermino assist with 4:26 left in the first quarter, Dunbar stretched the lead to 2-0. Bengermino fired a shot that bounced out to Dunbar, who put it in from 10 yards just 59 seconds later.

With 11 seconds left in the quarter, Dunbar fed Kevin Mertz, who beat Westminster goalie Jae Wah from the top of the box. Jon Cougnet stretched the lead to 4-0 40 seconds into the second quarter with an assist from Mark Ozgar.

The Owls then rallied. Bryan Beningnove, Mark Mariaca and Adam Tozer scored to slice the margin to one with 1:46 left in the half.

That, however, was the closest Westminster would come.

The Lions came out in the second half determined to take more time on offense, to pass better and move the ball more effectively. Westminster was pressuring the ball, but the Lions beat it.

"The coach [Troy Barnes] said ball movement is the best way to beat an aggressive defense," said Dunbar. "I guess the score shows it."

Dunbar helped Liberty show it in the second half. He scored on a bullet from five yards after an Ozgar pass with 8:19 left in the third quarter. After Aprile and Dave Baker of Westminster traded goals, Dunbar scored again.

The senior got the ball at the top of the box, dodged a defender and beat Wah for a 7-4 lead at 3:05. Chris Cougnet added his first goal with a Bengermino assist with 1:17 left in the quarter.

Westminster then got a break when the Lions were hit with a three-minute illegal stick penalty at the beginning of the fourth period.

But the Liberty defense stepped up and allowed only one shot while the penalty was being served.

"It was a great stand," said Barnes. "Fortunately, we made the right decisions when we did get the ball."

Dunbar almost scored again when the Lions were a man down. The Lions got a fast break, but Dunbar fired it wide right. A few minutes later, at 3:05, Aprile scored off a pass from Tom Berarducci. Ozgar scored the final goal with an assist from Dunbar.

Barnes said the entire Liberty team's effort pleased him.

Goalie Paul Lichtinger stood out for the Lions, making 12 saves, several on close shots.

"I think we were a little flat," said Westminster coach Jim Peters. "They just ran it down our throats."

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