Liberty shut out, 4-0, by Middletown in region

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

MIDDLETOWN -- The Liberty Lions pride themselves on scoring from set pieces.

Last night, the Middletown Knights showed them a thing or two on how to properly execute a corner kick.

Michael Silverman scored on two headers coming off corners -- one in each half -- and Matt Deorsey added two more to lead the Knights to a 4-0 win over Liberty in a Class 1A-2A West region semifinal.

The Lions (6-9) were simply overmatched by a talented Middletown team that will meet Rockville in the region finals on Tuesday.

"We were clearly beat by a superior team -- it's that simple," said Liberty coach Lee Kestler.

"They were good from front to back and even into their bench. If you don't win the 50-50 balls, you're going to be playing a lot of defense and that's what happened. They also beat us at our own game utilizing the restarts -- we didn't have anybody to stay with [Silverman]."

The Knights (13-0-1) took a 1-0 lead two minutes into the game when Silverman headed home a Jimmy Vandre' corner kick.

The Knights made it 2-0 with just over 15 minutes left in the half when Vandre chipped a short through ball to Deorsey, who finished strong from 15 yards out.

Liberty was making adjustments from the start.

Senior captain Geoff Gursky, normally a midfielder, started back at sweeper in an attempt to shut down the potent Middletown attack.

After the Knights took their two-goal lead, Gursky moved back up with the Lions needing offense.

Most of the Lions offense came from senior Mark Ozgar, who was seemingly all over the field for much of the half.

Twice he broke free along the left side, but was unable to get any shots off with the Middletown defense recovering quickly.

Tim Chairs also had a number of dangerous long throws in the penalty area, but Middletown keeper Jeff Lowe did a great job coming out and taking control.

Silverman's second header six minutes into the second half was a gem -- a diving header from 10 yards out that put the game out of reach.

It wasn't a typical season for a Liberty team that was caught in rebuilding after its 12-1-1 year in 1993.

The Lions never quit, however, and came away with two region wins before meeting Middletown.

"It was a big-time rebuilding year," said. Kestler. "We had three starters back with any real varsity experience. The others made some great strides at the varsity level."

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