Liberty makes it six in a row

Lions down North Carroll, 8-3, in one-sided rivalry

April 28, 1999|By Chris Snider | Chris Snider,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

North Carroll coach Denean Koontz paused for a moment to do the math: One loss in 1997, three last year, and after yesterday's 8-3 win by Liberty, two this year.

"Yeah, this was six," said the coach, whose team, try as it may, just can't seem to get past its county rival.

The No. 15-ranked Panthers (6-2) have lost just six games in the past three years, and all six have been against 13th-ranked Liberty (6-2).

"Unfortunately, we get up for North Carroll more than other teams," Lions coach Courtney Vaughn said after the win at North Carroll. "They've been our rival for the last three years, so we have extra incentive. Plus, they're a quality team. It's a challenge."

The latest edition of that challenge saw the Lions jump to a 7-0 lead after 35 minutes, thanks in part to three consecutive goals by Jessica Roguski, and really never look back.

Liberty didn't dominate but did control the ball the majority of the first half.

North Carroll freshman goalie Kitt Turnbaugh kept the game close, allowing just a goal by Meagan Voight in the first 24 minutes of action. But Turnbaugh couldn't stop shots by Michelle Allen and Roguski in the final minute of the first half, and her team went into the break trailing, 3-0.

"She had a great, great game," Koontz said of her goalie. "She certainly does not play like a freshman."

The North Carroll offense awoke in the second half but not until the lead had been stretched to seven by two more goals by Roguski and one by Sarah Scrivener.

Danielle Shearer scored at the 12: 06 mark and again at 11: 17. Sarah Redmer added a goal with just under three minutes to play, cutting the lead to 7-3. But it was too little too late.

Liberty's Michelle Allen's second goal of the game ended the scoring at 8-3.

Koontz was pleased with her team's effort in comparison to the 10-2 loss her team suffered at Liberty earlier this month.

"It was a completely different ball game," Koontz said. "We played 100 percent better. I think in the first half if we would have generated more offense and come out with a few more shots, it would have changed things a little bit."

Roguski said she looks forward to meeting North Carroll in the playoffs, where Liberty eliminated the Panthers last year. But for now, she'll savor a well-earned victory.

"The whole team the last two weeks has just been picking it up," said Roguski, who explained that playing North Carroll adds incentive because players on both teams compete together in the summer. "Everyone at practice is so intense. It felt good after you work that hard."

Pub Date: 4/28/99

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