Liberty uses stout defense to shut out Frederick Lions score early goals, then coast to 5-0 victory in 3A-4A playoff contest

Girls soccer

October 29, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Defense is the name of Liberty's game.

The No. 2-ranked Lions (14-1-1), featuring the play of backs Erica Gordon, a senior, and Colleen Cox, a junior, registered their eighth straight victory and 11th shutout with a 5-0 conquest of visiting Frederick in a Class 3A-4A game last night.

Perry Hall, a 6-0 winner over Woodlawn, will be Liberty's semifinal opponent at a site and time to be determined.

The home side had beaten the Cadets three weeks ago, 4-0, and wasted little time working on that number again. Sophomore standout Michelle Allen scored inside of the first four minutes and the issue was settled during a three-goal flurry in less than three minutes midway through the half.

"Our possession game was as good as we've ever played," declared Liberty coach Sam DeLaurence. "And I think they can sustain this level because we train on the possession game. We came into this game wanting to possess the ball, and in that first half we were really motivated."

Vincent Poska, coach of the 3-12 Frederick squad, knew his team had a problem before the game even started.

"I knew we were out-matched, so our game plan was to try and strike early and then retreat and take advantage of their defensive style," he said. "However, we had a couple of zTC breakdowns, and ours is not a high-power offense [that could get it back in the game]. Sneak one by and pack it in, that was our hope."

It did not turn out that way for the school that went to a regional final before losing to Westminster last year.

Allen finished with two goals. Tiffany Williams had a goal and an assist and Kate Hannon and Meredith Priddy a goal apiece, each on a shot that Frederick keeper Kristina Sanches had difficulty in handling.

Such was Liberty's dominance that DeLaurence had an entire second unit on the field in the first half, seemingly without a lot of dropoff in skills.

"We spent a lot of time trying to move the ball around, and we pushed Colleen and Erica up to help out. But we were careful because we didn't want to allow a goal," the coach said.

The Lions have outscored their opponents, 21-7, winning eight 1-0 games in the process. They lost to Westminster, 2-1, and tied South Carroll, 1-1, both in overtime, and made up for both of them later, beating South Carroll, 1-0, and Westminster, 2-1. The other goals allowed were one to current No. 4 St. Mary's (in the opener when it was No. 1), and two to North Carroll in a 3-2 victory.

DeLaurence gave his junior goalkeeper, Gina Cinquegrani, a chance for some well-deserved recognition when he substituted JV keeper Christina Warholic for her in the second half.

"I wanted to pick a time when Gina could be saluted," DeLaurence said. "Usually, it is the offensive players who get the applause, but the core of this team is the defense.

"We began last week looking at this as a six-game tournament. We'll work on touches and give our legs a chance to recover during practice tomorrow [today], then will be intense the next day."

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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