Rain pushes region semis to tomorrow Liberty girls hope ailing Trish Young can return

November 02, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Liberty coach Sam DeLaurence was not happy that poor weather forced postponement of his No. 2-ranked girls team's Class 3A-4A West Region semifinal last night with Perry Hall.

But DeLaurence said the game, now set for tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Liberty, will give the Lions a better chance to get top scorer Trish Young back.

The inclement weather also washed out the other scheduled regional contests, all of which have been rescheduled for tomorrow. Regional finals now are listed for Wednesday.

Young, a center midfielder who leads the team with 12 points, suffered a bone chip in the big toe on her right foot during the Lions' 5-0 quarterfinal victory over Frederick last week.

A Frederick player accidentally kicked Young in the foot during the first half. Young came out early and could not return.

DeLaurence said the coaching staff had decided Wednesday that Young would not play if Liberty (14-1-1) played last night. DeLaurence said the team wanted to play last night, but is optimistic Young can return in some form tomorrow.

"The physician said she could work her way back into playing," said DeLaurence. "I think it would be a big lift for us. She's one of our captains and obviously a leader on the field."

Young is tied with Tiffany Williams for the team lead in goals with seven. Her five assists give her the point lead with 12. Young is a tenacious player in the midfield who wins a lot of 50-50 balls and has a strong foot.

If the Lions win tomorrow, they would play the winner of the

Thomas Johnson-Westminster semifinal Wednesday. The Owls handed the Lions their lone defeat in the last two years -- a stretch that has seen the Lions go 29-1-4 and share the Class 2A-3A state title with South River last year.

If the Lions do make the region final, that game would be on the road, regardless of their opponent.

Tomorrow's Westminster-Thomas Johnson game in Frederick will start at 7 p.m.

In Class 2A-3A, Middletown will play host to a doubleheader, with the boys playing Rockville at 5: 30, and the girls playing North Carroll at 7: 30.

In boys play, the Class 3A West semifinals will have Liberty at Walter Johnson and South Carroll at Linganore in a pair of 7 p.m. games.

In 2A West, Francis Scott Key will be home against Bethesda-Chevy Chase, also at 7 p.m.

Pub Date: 11/02/97

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