Liberty's offense awakens in 5-1 win over S. Carroll After close games, Lions have 13 goals in past 3

Boys soccer

September 30, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Liberty, which had lost to Francis Scott Key, 3-2, on a goal with a minute left, and edged South Carroll, 1-0, in early games, seemingly has turned into an offensive threat.

The Lions (5-1) scored three times in the first 20 minutes and went on to a 5-1 victory over visiting South Carroll (2-3-1) last night. The winners have now scored 13 goals in their last three games and have outscored their six opponents, 22-4.

South Carroll's Eddie Harrison took care of a possible shutout -- the Lions had four shutouts in their first five games -- in the closing minutes of the first half. Liberty goalkeeper Craig Rauser came out against a one-on-one situation, and came up big with a deflection. However, Harrison beat a defender to the ball and had an open-net shot.

"I thought the first 10 minutes were pretty even, both sides feeling each other out, and then we took control," Liberty coach Ed DeVincent said. "We got the ball to the corners the way we wanted to, and found the open spaces. And our big [key] players came up big."

Senior midfielder Dan Silva opened the scoring for Liberty, and Tim Chairs, a senior co-captain, got the next two within a minute of each other.

He used his speed to get around a defender on the wing to set up the first one, then took a defender into the goal with him after goalkeeper Josh Phelps had challenged outside. Chairs' momentum was such that he could not stop and wound up hitting his head on the goal post.

"He came out at that point and was a little woozy," DeVincent said. "There was no concussion so he played some in the second half, but I didn't want him taking the throw-ins [a specialty]. We got him out with 15 minutes left and let him rest.

Nathan McCullough got an easy goal for the home side midway of the second half, when the ball was kicked back by a defender and the goal was unprotected. The Cavaliers' keeper later came out to deflect a Rick Wareham shot but it turned out to be not quite enough, as the ball rolled into a corner.

For the year, Liberty has had seven scorers, led by Chairs and Wareham with five goals each, followed by McCullough, four.

Pub Date: 9/30/97

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