Liberty controls S. Carroll in 1-0 win No. 4 Lions run record to 7-1 on Williams' goal

Girls soccer

September 30, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The final score may have been the biggest surprise of Liberty's victory over South Carroll last night.

Liberty dominated from start to finish, keeping possession for most of the game and coming up with numerous scoring chances. But Amy Williams was the only Lion who scored, and her first-half goal held up as No. 4 Liberty edged host South Carroll, 1-0.

This game belonged to Liberty (7-1-1 overall, 1-1-1 county, 2-0-0 Central Maryland Conference). The Lions outshot South Carroll, 15-5, and manufactured several scoring chances -- but could put the ball in the goal just once.

"We try to control the ball," said Liberty coach Sam DeLaurance. "Our strengths are our possession and our passion."

Both helped the Lions throughout the game, just a week after the teams tied, 1- 1.

Tiffany Williams and Michelle Allen helped spark a number of first-half offensive chances. Allen, in fact, headed a Kelly Knutson throw-in just over the crossbar midway through the half.

But moments later, the Lions finished the job. Allen floated a nice pass toward the goal from the right wing, and Amy Williams headed it past goalie Mandy Hughes (eight saves) with 25: 41 left in the half.

"I wasn't sure if it was going to go in," said Williams. "I just wanted to get a piece of it."

The Lions' offense seemed to perk up after that, despite no more goals. About 90 seconds after the goal, Meredith Priddy fired a 15-yard shot that bounced off the crossbar and rolled away.

Tiffany Williams raced past two defenders minutes later and lofted a 20-yard shot from the right wing that sailed over Hughes and the crossbar.

The second half was more of the same. Williams and Allen repeatedly led runs into the South Carroll end. Allen often made good lead passes to Williams, who just missed scoring on several occasions.

"We had a lot of chances," said Allen. "The more opportunities you have, the better opportunities you have to score."

But South Carroll (3-3-3, 0-2-2, 1-1-1) did its best to stop Liberty. Hughes made a number of good saves, and the Cavaliers' defense quickly cleared the ball time and again.

Kim Lowry, a freshman, and sophomore Katie Hancock both played solid games on defense. Each made the Liberty strikers work when trying to score.

"My team played very well," said South Carroll coach Jim Horn.

Pub Date: 9/30/97

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