Liberty rips North Carroll, 4-0 Reese puts in 2 goals against ++ flat Panthers

October 16, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Micah Reese scored in the opening minutes of each half, and Liberty went on to drill visiting North Carroll last night, 4-0.

Each was coming off a Central Maryland Conference loss, but Liberty was the team that showed up.

The Lions (7-3 overall, 4-1 CMC, 3-1 county) were rebounding from a 2-1 loss at Westminster Tuesday, and North Carroll was trying to overcome letting a two-goal lead on Thomas Johnson disappear in a four-goal barrage the same night.

"We were flat, and I don't understand it. This was a very disappointing loss," said Denny Snyder, coach of North Carroll (5-4-1 overall, 2-3-1 CMC, 1-1-1 county). "No excuses. We didn't play well in any facet of the game.

"They beat us to every ball, and we went back to playing kick-and-run. When we play like that, we don't win."

On the other hand, Liberty came out focused, intense, and disciplined.

"We had a nice talk Tuesday night, when we got home from the Westminster game," Liberty coach Ed DeVincent said. "We talked about those three things, and how, in that game, we lacked all three, and we lost. Tonight, we had all three."

Reese's first goal was a free kick from 35 yards out on the left sideline, the ball soaring past goalkeeper Andy Lindner's outstretched hand.

Late in the half, Kris Gooding converted a pass from Steve Kiratko; Reese, a senior captain, opened the second half by heading in a crossing feed from sophomore John Moxley, and Mike Bowers banged a 25-yard free kick off the far post and into the net.

"I thought the two goals helped us get our emotions up," said Reese, who has started for Liberty for the last 3 1/2 years. A former marking back, he was moved up to the midfield this season and has responded with eight goals and two assists.

"Coach got our attention this week, and we had a hard practice [Wednesday]. We went back to basics, worked on our touches."

Of his position shift, he explained, "I worked on my ball skills over the summer -- dribbling and shooting -- and things have worked out. The big thing here was our defense. They really shut them down."

Reese may have scored the two key goals, but a miss is what got his attention.

"Oh, boy," he said when asked about a wide-open shot that he managed to squeeze between the combination goalposts' soccer crossbar and higher football crossbar. "All year I've been waiting for that shot, and all I had to do was keep it low," he said, laughing.

"We needed to play 80 minutes, and we did," DeVincent said. rTC "We thought North Carroll was a dangerous opponent, because they have so many scorers." Tim Wilfong, Chris Wineke, and Jeremy Ayers, have combined for 16 goals.

"I thought Ray Tignall marked Ayers right out of the game; Joe Fioriani and Jeff Hagood took the other two, and D.J. Pohlit was our stopper.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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