Shaw, No. 15 Liberty too much for Oakland Mills to handle, 11-4

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, dating back to mid-April 1992, will do that to visiting teams.

This is a new season for the Lions with some new faces in the lineup and Vaughn still finding out things. She was happy to see Trish Young, one of two freshmen starters for the Lions, snare an Oakland Mills' clearing pass and walk in along the right side for a second-half goal.

"This was much better than the first game," she said. "And it was the basic things. We were throwing and catching the ball much better; putting pressure on the ball and coming up with the ball."

Elizabeth Koza scored twice for Oakland Mills, which got a fine effort from goalie Angela Hill, who finished with 12 saves.

Grammes had two goals for Liberty with Evans scoring her fourth goal of the season and adding an assist. Senior Heather Carter had seven saves in the Liberty goal.

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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