South Carroll on target, 3-1

October 12, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

A year ago, it was the Liberty Lions standing atop the Carroll County standings en route to an undefeated season.

So far this season, it's been South Carroll's turn to rule.

The same Cavaliers who gave the Lions their only regular-season blemish last year -- a late-season tie -- found themselves in a similar situation last night in Eldersburg, with the Lions trying to return the favor.

Martin Oswiecimka and Rob Ridgely scored goals in the opening minutes of the second half to shake off a determined Liberty and give the Cavaliers a 3-1 win.

While No. 6 South Carroll (9-0) was trying to maintain its perfect season, the young Lions (2-7) were trying to build on Monday's impressive 6-1 win over Frederick with the region playoffs

growing near.

In the early going, the Cavaliers showed no signs of looking past Liberty with 7-1 Westminster waiting in the wings on Thursday. They scored three minutes into the game when Trond Fozen headed home a Ridgely corner.

"The first goal was beautiful and the way it was supposed to be done, but Liberty came back full tilt and outplayed us the rest of the half," said South Carroll coach Charlie Fazenbaker.

"The second half, we came out and played our game and that's been the same story all season long."

South Carroll seemed to relax a bit after the early first-half goal and the Lions took the play to them, but were unable to finish a number of solid scoring chances.

The biggest came with under 14 minutes left when Geoff Gursky broke free along the right side, but sent a low shot just wide of the far post.

A minute later, he took a direct kick 20 yards out from the right sideline and watched it curl just wide of the near post.

"We got some pings [off the goal posts] and I was very happy with the half. Some days you get them, some days you don't," said Liberty coach Lee Kestler.

Oswiecimka's goal in the opening minute of the second half was a gem. He got free along the right sideline, beat a defender to the inside and fired a left-footed shot from 25 yards that found the far side of the net.

Ridgely iced it with another strong individual effort three minutes later, breaking free inside the right side of the penalty area and beating Liberty goalie John Silva with a shot low to the opposite post.

Gursky took out a night's worth of bad luck and frustration with a goal in the closing minutes to get the Lions on the board.

"We made some mistakes letting them run through us and that's something we just can't do," Kestler said.

"I was glad we didn't quit and that's been there all year."

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