Liberty's late surge drops Glenelg, 8-6 3-0 Lions take control with fourth-quarter goals

March 27, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid taught Liberty's Mike Worozbyt in Sunday school at West Friendship Methodist Church.

But that didn't stop Worozbyt from beating Kincaid's team with a clutch goal yesterday at Glenelg.

With the game tied and about six minutes remaining, Worozbyt's mind was focused on one thing.

"I knew I had to score and wanted to take control like I should have the whole game," said the senior Liberty midfielder.

Worozbyt came from behind the net and scored Liberty's seventh goal -- the game-winner in an 8-6 victory.

"That was an outstanding individual effort by Mike," Liberty coach Troy Barnes said.

It was Worozbyt's first goal of the game, and his fifth of the season, and improved the Lions' record to 3-0. Glenelg is 0-1. "It feels good getting off to an undefeated season so far," said Worozbyt, who also had an assist and won a lot of faceoffs. "We made regional finals last season and are hoping to do well again."

Liberty built a 3-1 lead after one quarter, and led 5-2 at halftime by beating Glenelg on ground balls, 19-12.

"Some of our kids weren't doing what we wanted on ground balls," Kincaid said. "They were too worried about playing their man."

But Glenelg picked it up in the third quarter and beat Liberty on ground balls, 7-5. That helped the Gladiators score three goals and pull within one, 6-5, heading into the final period.

Mike Neale's second goal of the game tied it 51 seconds into the fourth period. Beau Pich, who had a goal and two assists, made the assist.

But Worobzyt broke the tie and Jim Fitze's second goal of the game clinched it for Liberty with 33 seconds left.

"They came back and played us tough," Barnes said. "We didn't execute the way we wanted to. I'm pleased we won, but am not content with our effort. We went to sleep in the second and third quarters. We feel we have a good team and can play at a higher level than we are."

Liberty, which posted its best record last season at 8-6, has moved to Class 3A-4A this season, and Barnes knows the Lions will face a tougher road.

"We made tons of mental errors and had six minutes of penalty time," he said. "We didn't play good, solid lacrosse."

Kincaid is convinced his young Class 1A-2A team will get better. "One characteristic of Glenelg teams is that they don't quit, and we clawed our way back today."

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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