Glenelg struggles, still tops Liberty

Goalie Shea backstops Gladiators in 2-0 victory

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September 13, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg coach Pete Klisas is always happy to take a win. An undefeated record after three games is also sweet.

Yet, following yesterday's 2-0 victory over visiting Liberty, Klisas was more than a bit worried about his back line.

"We made a lot of mistakes coming out of the back," Klisas said. "We couldn't play balls at our feet. We had problems big-time. We were missing simple passes."

He was worried enough to put leading scorer Conor Nixon at left fullback for part of the second half.

Glenelg mistakes helped Lib-erty (1-2) keep almost constant pressure on Glenelg goalkeeper Corey Shea during that second half, forcing Shea to make 10 of his 14 saves as the Lions tried to come back from a 2-0 halftime deficit.

"It was definitely two different games," Liberty coach Ed DeVincent said. "They completely dominated us in the first half. We came out flat and gave up scores on two breakdowns. You can't play less than 100 percent against a quality team and not win 50-50 balls like we didn't in the first half."

No. 18-ranked Glenelg scored its first goal in the 20th minute on a Chris Smith shot from close range. The play began with a free kick by David Dorsey from the right side. Chris Glacken got the assist.

Five minutes later, Andrew Hoyle dribbled past a defender on the left side and cracked a left-footed shot inside the far post for his second goal this season.

"We didn't mark," DeVincent said.

Glenelg's offense did not generate the kind of pressure throughout the game that Klisas thinks it can. Liberty goalkeeper Bobby Khaksari was forced to make just six saves.

"This a a narrow field and we like to knock it around but couldn't today," Klisas said. "We played an average game at best. They [Liberty] had tons of throw-ins in the second half. Shea is playing great for us, but you can't expect him to have a great game every time."

Glenelg does not play for the next 11 days, leaving Klisas plenty of time to tinker with the defense.

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