Liberty puts it together to beat North Carroll, 4-1

October 30, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

A young Liberty High boys soccer team put it all together last night and soared past North Carroll, 4-1, in the opening round of the 2A West Regionals at Liberty.

The Lions (5-7) jumped all over the Panthers (3-9-1) from the start LTC and built the 4-0 advantage just 17 minutes into the second half.

Liberty mixed an excellent passing game with some strong finishes off headers to dominate play.

Liberty advances to the second round Tuesday night, playing Allegany on the road at 6.

Junior midfielder Matt Horrell started the Liberty assault at 23:06 of the first half on a nifty header off a throw-in from freshman Tim Chairs for a 1-0 lead.

Then Horrell struck again just 7:20 into the second half on another header to run the lead to 2-0.

Less than eight minutes later, Tony Berarducci sent a shot into the goal off a nice pass from Mark Ozgar and the home team was rolling along with a 3-0 advantage.

Ozgar then got into the header goal-scoring act when he sent the ball into the net off a throw-in from Chairs just two minutes after the Berarducci goal.

The Panthers finally got on the scoreboard at the 15:51 mark of the second half on a penalty kick by Jamey Rill.

Other than Rill's shot, North Carroll didn't have too many opportunities to score outside of some excellent shots by sophomore Tony Reightler.

Reightler was at the right place at the right time often for the Panthers but he couldn't get any good breaks.

Geoff Gursky had three excellent chances to score for the Lions in the first 18:30 of the game but two of his shots hit the crossbar and a third just missed the left corner of the goal.

Liberty coach Lee Kestler said: "The bottom line is we were flat in the first half but decided to play in the second half. I'd say we have played better games this season because we didn't play 80 minutes tonight."

The teams had split their regular-season contests.

* C.M. Wright 10, Randallstown 0: C.M. Wright (8-4-1) used a total team effort to thwart Randallstown (1-10) in a Class 3A North regional.

Although a perennial regional entry in recent years, this was the Mustangs' first playoff victory in seven years.

Girls

* Mount Hebron 4, Westminster 3: Julie Kickham scored all four goals to lift visiting Mount Hebron (4-9) past Westminster (3-10) in a state 3A-4A West regional first-round game. Katie Curtian led Westminster with two goals.

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