No. 10 Liberty rallies past Middletown

November 05, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

MIDDLETOWN -- The Liberty Lions were simply not going to be denied last night against a tough Middletown team.

The No. 10 Lions rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit with two early goals in the second half, saw their lead vanish midway through the half, but maintained their composure to post a 3-2 win over the Knights (10-4) in a Class 1A-2A West region semifinal.

The Lions (12-2) will face Catoctin in the region championship at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"I just think we believe in ourselves," said Liberty coach Chuck Martin.

"We learned from some early-season losses, then beat South Carroll and even though we were down, I still felt the game was ours. The best thing was the kids felt that, too."

Trailing 1-0 at the half, Liberty scored two goals in the opening seven minutes of the second half to take the lead.

Senior Natalie Hannibal got things started, redirecting Michelle Clawson's free kick with her head.

"She showed leadership on the field tonight," Martin said.

"That was a tremendous goal that she got off the ground for. It was a good flick header. She really helped take some of the pressure off Shanna [Ziegenfuss] tonight."

Ziegenfuss scored the first of her two goals on a penalty kick after being tripped in the box.

Middletown answered with 23 minutes left when Meghan Marcantonio fired a direct kick just outside the penalty area that found the top right corner.

That's when Ziegenfuss went back to work. She beat two Middletown defenders, took one dribble inside the 18 and neatly placed a shot in the left corner. It was her 21st goal of the season.

There were plenty of scoring chances in the first half, but Middletown was the only one to find the net, taking a 1-0 lead midway through on a goal from Nina Mento.

The senior midfielder took a pass from Marcantonio and fired a cannon shot from 30 yards out that found the lower right corner.

Middletown goalie Allison Stefan continually frustrated the Lions the half.

Melissa Martin had three shots in the early going and Hannibal and Ziegenfuss had a number of chances later, but none could get anything past Stefan.

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