Shaw, Liberty prove too much for Scorpions

April 03, 1996|By Glen Graham | Glen Graham,SUN STAFF

It was the basic things -- winning draws, catching and throwing, defensive pressure -- that separated No. 15 Liberty from visiting Oakland Mills yesterday afternoon in Eldersburg.

Liberty won the opening draw and senior co-captain Trisha Shaw scored the first of her five goals 20 seconds into the game to lead the Lions to an 11-4 victory.

The Lions had built a four-goal lead before Oakland Mills gained its first possession of the ball, five minutes into the game.

Fifteen seconds later, Liberty re-gained possession with Kari Evans finding Kelly Grammes for another goal.

"We always talk about how important possession is," said Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn. "There's 22 players out there and they all want that yellow ball. You can't lose if you have possession of the ball."

After the Scorpions rallied to get within 5-3 midway through the first half, the Lions (2-0) slowly pulled away, scoring the next five goals to put the game out of reach 10 minutes into the second half.

Senior midfielder Nicki Jones had the big defensive play with 13 minutes left in the first half after the Scorpions (1-1) cut the lead to two and had possession. She stole the ball at the Liberty end and found Evans, who scored at the 12: 43 mark to start Liberty's five-goal run.

Vaughn said her team played much better than it did in its season-opening win against Glenelg, and Oakland Mills coach Chris Marsiglia was pleased with her team's effort.

"I thought we played hard and were in the game. The difference was [Liberty] was a notch above us in the basic things," Marsiglia said.

"The first 10 minutes we looked a little rusty and maybe were a little psyched out, but we came back and played well," she said.

The Lions' 44-game, regular-season winning streak will do that to visiting teams.

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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