'Region of death' title goes to Liberty, on 1st OT goal Ziegenfuss does it again for No. 9 Lions in 1-0 win

Girls soccer

November 07, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

A short stretch of Route 26 is all that separates Liberty High and South Carroll. There was even less separation between the schools' girls soccer teams this season.

With Howard County schools Centennial and Wilde Lake dismissed in the previous round, No. 9 Liberty and No. 13 South Carroll went past regulation last night for a third time this season to determine which would come out of what many were calling "the region of death."

Liberty senior Shanna Ziegenfuss provided the answer when she headed home a Brigit Becker corner kick in the eighth minute of the first overtime period to give the Lions a 1-0 win in the Class 3A-2A West region final in Eldersburg.

The Lions (14-0-2) move on to the state semifinals at Howard High on Saturday to meet Oakland Mills -- a 3-0 winner over lTC Catonsville in the North region final.

"This was two great teams that both played hard," said Liberty coach Sam DeLaurence. South Carroll coach Jim Horn's team didn't lose, he said. "We just scored one more goal than them."

It's no surprise it came from Ziegenfuss.

Last year's Carroll Player of the Year and the county's all-time career leader with 75 goals has scored the game-winner in all four of the Lions' region playoffs.

"This is unbelievable. It was so close the whole game," she said. The corner kick that gave her the winning shot "just got over [a defender's] head. I stepped in and deflected it."

After a 4-3 Liberty overtime win and a 3-3 overtime tie in the regular season, both teams had plenty of scoring chances last night, but couldn't find the net until Ziegenfuss finished.

South Carroll senior defender Stephanie Myers did another fine job marking Ziegenfuss.

"Shanna didn't have one of her best performances, but you know it's only a matter of time before she makes something positive happen," DeLaurence said.

South Carroll (11-2-2) experienced the high and low of a long and successful season in less than a week. Onl Friday the Cavaliers defeated Centennial, state champs the past two years, a team that knocked them out of the playoffs four of the past five years. Last night against Liberty, the Cavaliers deserved better.

"That's as good a ballgame that's ever been played in this county," said Horn. "We made a helluva run, and it was a great season. They're a veteran club, and they were able to finish. We didn't. It a shame someone had to lose."

Pub Date: 11/07/96

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