Liberty goal with : 55 left ends season for Wildecats Wilde Lake doesn't quit, in 5-4 see-saw semifinal

Girls soccer

November 02, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

A great player ended a great game yesterday, as Liberty's Shanna Ziegenfuss scored with 55 seconds left in regulation to defeat Wilde Lake, 5-4, in a Class 3A-2A West region semifinal in Columbia.

The Lions (13-0-2) will play South Carroll, a 3-1 winner at Centennial, next week in the region final. Liberty, Carroll County champion, defeated (4-3 OT) and tied (3-3) South Carroll in the regular season.

Yesterday's victory came with a price, however, as Liberty starters Bridget Becker (neck) and Michelle Allen (ankle) were injured.

Liberty coach Sam DeLaurence said both players "are doubtful" for the region championship. Allen, a freshman striker, had two ,, goals in the win over South Carroll.

Wilde Lake trailed 3-1 at halftime, but gave the 10th-ranked Lions a scare in the second half. Wilde Lake (7-4-3) tied the game on goals by Amanda Berman and Leilani Ho.

Ziegenfuss then put Liberty ahead, 4-3, beating her defender down the left side and scoring from just inside the box with 10: 30 left.

But the Wildecats didn't quit. Ho tied the game again with 7: 20 left on an excellent left-footed shot from the center, roughly 22-yards out.

With the clock ticking down, Ziegenfuss again had possession deep on the left side of Wilde Lake's end. With her defender trying to contain her from a few yards away, Ziegenfuss lofted a beautiful 25-yard shot that eluded the jump of freshman goalkeeper Edna Dash.

"I've been trying to take longer shots," said Ziegenfuss, who has 20 goals this season and is Carroll County's all-time scoring leader with 74. "I feel more comfortable from farther out, rather than dribbling into the box and shooting."

Said DeLaurence: "She never stops amazing me. Every game she comes through for us."

But both teams had a lot of heroes in this game.

Ziegenfuss "put the ball in the net, but everybody battled hard," DeLaurence said. "That was as physical and brutal a game we've played. It was a war in there.

"If it wasn't for [midfielders] Trish [Young], Haley [DeLaurence] and [stopper] Colleen [Cox] we don't win. They gave us the opportunity to win the game."

Allen almost scored her second goal of the game within the first minute of the second half, but her shot hit the post. Three minutes later, Berman's goal cut Wilde Lake's deficit to one, and the game's complexion changed completely.

"If [Allen's] ball goes in," DeLaurence said, "all the things that happened after that don't happen."

But it did happen, because Wilde Lake refused to quit.

"That might have been the best game we've played all year," said Wilde Lake co-coach Roy Andersch. "They played with a lot of heart. In the last four or five games, they've become the team we knew they could be."

Pub Date: 11/02/96

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