Clawson leads Liberty past No. 6 S. Carroll, 1-0

October 06, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

All Walter Clawson asked for from his daughter to celebrate his 50th birthday was a goal last night.

Michelle Clawson wasn't about to disappoint him.

It was her goal with 6:34 left that helped Liberty to a 1-0 win over No. 6 South Carroll.

The junior stopper broke free along the right side and fired a shot from 25 yards out that found the top near post.

"He kind of wanted the win over South Carroll, so that was the best present," Michelle Clawson said. "The goal made up for the bad game I had on Monday."

It was the first loss for the Cavaliers (6-1 overall, 3-1 in the county). Liberty improves to 6-2 and 4-1 in county play.

A scoreless first half turned out to be a big confidence builder for the Lions, who lost, 4-0, when the teams met in early September.

After both teams took turns dominating portions of the second half, Clawson took matters into her own hands.

"She was disappointed with some of her shots earlier this week and told me before the game it wasn't going to happen tonight. It was a perfectly placed shot," Liberty coach Chuck Martin said.

"It was really a total team effort, and everybody stepped up. That's what it takes to beat a team of the caliber of South Carroll. They're the best I've seen this year."

From the start, the game resembled a chess match with both Martin and South Carroll coach Jim Horn assigning marking backs on each other's top scorers.

Liberty's Nicki Jones had the task of shadowing the county's all-time leading scorer, Amber Clutter, while Jamie Baier was responsible for marking Liberty sophomore Shanna Ziegenfuss, who did not play in the teams' first meeting. Both defenders held their own.

Sweeper Carey Epler also came up big time after time defensively for the Lions.

"Actually, I thought we were in position to win the game," Horn said.

"The last 30 minutes, we dominated but couldn't poke anything in. Chuck had them ready to play and they did a great job.

"It was a great game. I told our kids that they were part of the best soccer game I've seen."

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