Liberty tops N. Carroll to win another title Williams' goal lets Lions break tie for 3-2 victory

Girls soccer

October 17, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Liberty's week of championships continued last night.

Tiffany Williams scored with 11: 43 left to give No. 3-ranked Liberty a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over visiting North Carroll. The win clinched the Lions' second straight Carroll County championship -- two days after they locked up the Central Maryland Conference crown.

The Lions finished the regular season 12-1-1 overall and 3-1-1 in county. They ended up 7-0 in the CMC and are off until next week's region playoffs begin. Liberty was a co-state champion last season.

Liberty found itself in an unfamiliar postion last night -- trailing. This was just the second time this season that Liberty trailed at halftime, the first being earlier this week against Westminster, a game the Lions rallied to take.

North Carroll (6-4-2, 3-2-1 in the county, 2-3-1 in CMC) put pressure on Liberty, as Danielle Shearer and Lacey Hentz scored 2: 01 apart for a 2-1 halftime advantage.

Still, the Lions remained calm.

"We knew we had 40 minutes to play," said Williams, who now has scored four game-winning goals. "Games can be won or lost in less than 40 minutes."

Said Liberty coach Sam DeLaurance: "North Carroll scored on two good plays. We were still doing some good things. I felt we'd score again."

So they did. Shearer had scored first with 7: 40 left in the half, followed by Hentz (5: 39) for a 2-1 Panther lead at the break.

But Trish Young tied the game for Liberty just 5: 26 into the second half, which took momentum away from the Panthers. Jess Roguski got the assist as Young scored from 10 yards.

Liberty kept up the pressure, but the North Carroll defense hung in. Emily Gomez moved back to sweeper in this game and made a number of good plays. Goalkeeper Beth Reeb (eight saves) also came up big.

But the Lions' pressure paid off. After a throw-in, the ball was knocked around before Williams put it in from the front. Kelly Knutson got the assist.

"We play with so much passion that being behind by one goal doesn't bother us," said Liberty's Michelle Allen.

The Lions kept using their high-pressure, up-tempo style to disrupt the North Carroll offense and defense. Liberty came up with numerous scoring chances and had possession much of the time.

Liberty opened the scoring when Allen blasted a 15-yard shot past Reeb 14: 30 into the game. But Shearer and Hentz gave the Panthers brief control with their goals.

"It's tough to beat a defending champion," said North Carroll coach Jim MacDonald. "They're a great team."

Pub Date: 10/17/97

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