Cox, Walker head up Glenelg win over Liberty

September 22, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Glenelg and visiting Liberty took turns pounding the ball at one another's defenses all game long yesterday afternoon.

The only thing that separated the two teams was the right foot of Emily Cox and a standout defensive play from Gracia Walker.

Cox scored twice -- including the game-winner with just under five minutes left -- and Walker saved her best for last by heading a Liberty shot off the goal line in the closing minute to give unranked Glenelg a 2-1 win over the No. 13 Lions.

The win improves Glenelg's mark to 3-1, while Liberty falls to 2-2.

"This was a 50-50 game going in and we knew that by comparing some scores and from the scouting," said Glenelg coach Mike Williams.

"You just hope you bend and bend and bend and don't break. Fortunately, we broke just once and they broke twice. This was the first time this season we played as a team for the entire game."

Cox's decisive goal came off an indirect kick from 25 yards out along the right side.

Lee Custer took the free kick and sent a cross that rolled past Liberty goalie Angie Primavera and the outstretched leg of Glenelg forward Caroline Flowers.

Cox was covering the far post and finished well when the opportunity came about.

"One mistake can make a difference in a close game like this," Williams said.

It was the fifth goal in two games for Cox, who already has matched her total output of a year ago. Monday, she scored all three of Glenelg's goals in a 3-1 win over North Carroll.

Liberty had one last chance to win it when Shanna Ziegenfuss took a direct kick from 20 yards out and sent a shot over the head of Glenelg goalie Becka Christensen, but Walker was waiting at the line to head it out of the goal.

Glenelg finally broke through with eight minutes left in the half when Flowers took a short pass from Cox and then threaded the Lions defense with a pass right back to her.

Cox took a couple of dribbles before sending a shot past Primavera.

Liberty tied the score 10 minutes into the second half when Ziegenfuss turned at midfield and found Heather Fincham streaking down the right side.

Fincham, just called up from the junior varsity, beat Christensen to the ball and chipped a ball past her from 18 yards out.

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