Liberty eliminated, 2-1, in 2nd overtime period Thomas Johnson gains final against N. Carroll

3A West girls soccer

November 08, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Liberty produced an emotional effort that helped it play some outstanding soccer, but it came to a sudden end in a second overtime period yesterday when Jeanine Cefalu hit the back of the net for a 2-1 Thomas Johnson victory in a semifinal match in the Class 3A West region.

Thomas Johnson (12-3) will play North Carroll for the right to advance to the state semifinals.

Jen Berarducci, a senior back for Liberty, was forced to miss the game because of a death in her family. That ended a string of 67 successive starts dating to her freshman season and provided a special incentive.

"We played really well -- the best all year," said Liberty coach Sam DeLaurence. "There was so much passion, so much emotion.

"Everyone was so emotionally wrapped up in this, that we [coaches] didn't say much to them. The players chose to warm up at another facility. It was their decision."

They came in shortly before game time.

Each side had a good scoring chance in the second overtime, but Thomas Johnson goalkeeper Melissa Deveney beat Liberty's Trish Young to a ball, and at the other end, keeper Gina Cinquegrani had a save.

Cefalu, who earlier had assisted on her side's first goal, said of the winning shot: "The ball came to me off the foot of one of their players, and I turned my hips, got my foot on the ball, and aimed for the far corner."

A junior, Cefalu set up the Patriots' first goal with three minutes left in the half. She sent a crossing shot from the far sideline into the middle, where Katie Roberts had an open shot into the left side.

Liberty (7-7-1) scored with 12 minutes left when Young controlled the ball to the left of the goal, got it into the center, where freshman Kelly Fiorani worked around a defender and kicked one by Deveney.

Deveney had replaced her outstanding freshman teammate, Amy Franciscovich, eight minutes into the second half. The keeper had come out to get a loose ball and was injured when Fiorani, also going for the ball, tripped over her.

North Carroll 1, Walter Johnson 0: Danielle Shearer scored the game-winner at 45: 30 on an assist from Amy Bromwell to lift the Panthers over the host Wildcats (13-2) in the other 3A West semifinal.

Pub Date: 11/08/98

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