Liberty's Shanna Ziegenfuss was at her puzzling best last night, zigging and zagging through the North Carroll defense and scoring three times along the way to lead the Lions to a 4-0 win in Hampstead.
Sidelined for the first three games with a bad knee, she has five goals in three games since returning.
"I'm glad she's back, what more can A say -- she's just a phenomenal player," said Liberty coach Chuck Martin.
Liberty improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in county play, and North Carroll dropped to 3-2 and 2-1 in the county.
After opening the scoring in the first half, Ziegenfuss saved some of her best for the second half with two more goals.
She made it 2-0 with a goal 10 minutes into the half, taking a lead pass from Melissa Martin along the right side, dribbling by a North Carroll defender before cutting back right and sending a shot past senior goalie Teresa Mays.
"She has such soft feet and brings the ball under control directly under her feet, not a yard away, before she makes her move," Martin said. "And then she can go left or right and also can distribute it very well."
Shortly after her second goal, Ziegenfuss scored in a different fashion, just barely getting a foot on Kari Evans' cross to deflect the ball by Mays along the near post.
Martin was just as impressed with the overall play of the Lions, who moved the ball around effectively and worked the ball from the back.
"We're not panicking and also doing a good job of pressuring the other team. Ball movement was something I was very happy about," he said.
Liberty dominated the majority of the first half, but could only get the one goal past Mays.
Ziegenfuss controlled a long deflection right in front and beat Mays to the right side with a shot from 15 yards out.
The goal came midway through the half and after a number of other Liberty opportunities -- most by Ziegenfuss and senior Natalie Hannibal -- that went for naught. Hannibal would score the Lions' last goal late in the second half.
Mays' biggest save came nine minutes into the game when she turned back a point-blank shot from Martin, a rebound from eight yards out.
North Carroll's best chance came in the opening moments when senior Carrie Hale sent a cross to a sophomore Aunbrey Wilfong, but Liberty junior goalie Angie Primavera came out to smother her shot and Chiara Deiaco's follow sailed just high over the crossbar.