Liberty survives strong effort from North Carroll, wins 6-4

April 21, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

A couple of statements were made in Liberty's 6-4 win over North Carroll last night in Hampstead.

First, the visiting Lions did what needed to be done to keep pace with South Carroll in the race for the county crown. Both teams are now 3-1 in county play. Second, the solid Panther effort in a losing cause showed things are looking up at North Carroll and they can no longer be taken lightly.

It wasn't until Tony Berarducci's shot skimmed past North Carroll goalie Blaine Cover that the Lions could feel safe. The goal came with 3:35 left in the game and gave the Lions the 6-4 lead.

"[North Carroll] hung around, they've really improved," said Liberty coach Troy Barnes.

"We did a good job with ground balls, hustled and won some key face-offs."

Barnes also got a great all-around defense led by senior Chris Grubb, who shut down North Carroll's leading scorer Sam Seashole, and senior goalie Paul Lichtinger, who had 10 saves.

"We asked Chris not to let Seashole do a number on us like he's been doing to some other teams and Chris was really up to it," Barnes said. "I thought the kids were pumped up and ready to go. They played very hard, but again we fell a little short," North Carroll coach Tom Davidson said.

"We've had a turnaround here, the kids are working hard and have a great attitude, but we need a win to get over the hump."

North Carroll (0-8) had the chances early on before Liberty settled in to take a 2-0 lead after one quarter on goals by senior Bill Nichols and junior Mark Ozgar.

They pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the second quarter on a Jon Cougnet' goal despite being down a man due to a stick violation.

Chad Vrany answered for North Carroll with a goal and then set up Bryan Cutair with 1:47 left in the half to cut the Lions lead to 3-2.

The Lions twice opened up two-goal leads in the second half, only to see the Panthers rally to get within one.

Trailing 4-2 after a Justin Cross' goal for Liberty, North Carroll's Steve Redmer found Marc Cross with a perfect feed across the crease to beat Lictinger with 4:33 left in the third. Liberty's Brandon Bengermino answered less than 30 seconds later to give the Lions a 5-3 lead.

Marc Cross scored to open the fourth with 7:46 left to again get the Panthers within one at 5-4, but Berarducci got the insurance goal.

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