Liberty corners Dulaney Kick conversions spark 3-0 win in West playoff

October 25, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Liberty coach Sam DeLaurance stressed for the past two weeks the importance of converting corner kicks. And it proved critical yesterday.

No. 2-ranked Liberty received goals from Trish Young and Jessica Rogusky off corners by Michelle Allen in the first 20 minutes to propel the Lions to a 3-0 victory over host No. 15 Dulaney in the first round of the Class 3A-4A West region playoffs.

Liberty (13-1-1), last year's co-state champion in Class 2A-3A, recorded its 10th shutout of the season. Dulaney, which had lost its front line and midfield from a year ago, ended its season at 8-3-1.

"I thought we played exceptional in the first 20 minutes," DeLaurance said. "We had about seven corners and knocked two of them in. I'm glad we scored twice, but we still can do a lot better than two of seven."

After dominating and building a 2-0 lead at halftime, Liberty appeared to coast in the second half. Facing elimination, Dulaney showed urgency and created its best scoring chances in the second half.

In the second half's opening 15 minutes, Dulaney fired shots that missed high and wide and one that ricocheted off a post. But Dulaney couldn't convert off its offensive pressure, getting shut out for only the second time this season.

"There's no doubt that the second half was a whole new ball-game," said second-year Dulaney coach Stacey Hachenberg. "Our play in the second half showed it was a lot closer game than the score showed."

As Dulaney kept the ball on its offensive end for a majority of the second half, Liberty put the game away with a counterattack with about 10 minutes left in the game.

Young lifted an arching shot into the upper left corner from just outside the penalty box for her second goal of the game to increase the margin to 3-0.

"We talked to our team at halftime that Dulaney was facing their last 40 minutes of their season, and we knew that they would come out hard in the second half," DeLaurance said.

"But we weathered the storm. I knew if we kept our composure, we'd win the game."

Pub Date: 10/25/97

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