Ziegenfuss splashes Liberty to 4-1 victory Midfielder's two goals help beat Westminster

Girls soccer

September 17, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The steady rain at Westminster didn't stop Shanna Ziegenfuss and the Liberty offense yesterday afternoon.

The senior midfielder, the Player of the Year in Carroll last season, scored two goals and added an assist to lead the No. 14 Lions to a 4-1 win over an improving Owls team.

With the wet field conditions a factor from the start, Liberty first-year coach Sam DeLaurence was a bit concerned about how it would effect his Lions short-passing game.

There more reason for concern after Westminster junior Courtney Beirne gave the Owls (2-2) a 1-0 lead off an assist from senior Bridget Geiman 10 minutes into the game. Shortly thereafter, Ziegenfuss went to work, scoring her first goal from the right side to tie the game three minutes later and controlling the game with her play at center midfield.

"As soon as Shanna decided to take over the game, we were in control," DeLaurence said. "She creates so much for our other players and everyone just feeds off it."

The Lions took the lead midway through the first half when senior midfielder Haley DeLaurence sent a cross that skipped over Westminster goalie Amanda Cofflin (13 saves) to freshman Michelle Allen, who finished from in close on the right side.

Late in the half, Ziegenfuss beat a defender along the right side and sent a short pass past the goal to junior Tanya Bianca, who scored to give the Lions a 3-1 lead.

Westminster had a number of chances to make things interesting in the second half, but couldn't finish with Liberty's sophomore goalie Gina Cinquegrani doing a good job of keeping everything in front of her.

Four minutes into the second half, Westminster senior Katie Curtin sent a crossing pass that caught Cinquegrani off of her goal line, but Mandy Komar's shot went high.

"Westminster's a good team and you can't discount their effort. They played huge," DeLaurence said. "We were never comfortable."

Ziegenfuss was moved back to sweeper in the final 15 minutes to help protect the two-goal lead. But that didn't stop her from carrying the ball down the left side before cutting back inside the Westminster penalty area and scoring with a shot to the near post. She got past four Westminster players along the way.

Beirne, a first-team All-County selection last year, left the game early in the second half with an apparent shoulder injury.

Boys soccer

In light of the rainy weather and slippery playing conditions, neither Bel Air nor Wilde Lake seemed particularly upset about yesterday's 1-1 tie at Wilde Lake.

Bel Air's Billy Nelson converted a penalty kick midway through the second half to tie the game.

Wilde Lake scored in the 21st minute on a picture-perfect play. David Briefel's cross from the right corner was one-touched by Mamay Clarke to Troy Fitzgerald, who scored.

Pub Date: 9/17/96

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