Wilson, Franklin team up, help Liberty top Urbana

Pair accounts for goals in Lions' 2-1 victory

Boys soccer

October 05, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Liberty coach Ed DeVincent has been stressing to his boys soccer team lately the need to cross the ball and finish plays. Judging by last night, his charges have been listening.

The host Lions (9-0, 3-0) took advantage of two first-half goals by Colin Wilson to defeat Urbana, 2-1, in a Central Maryland Conference game last night. Brandon Franklin assisted on both goals for Liberty, while Seth McPherson had the lone goal for the Hawks.

"We have been working on crosses, and I've been telling them to make the extra pass to the far post," said DeVincent. "Colin crashed the post beautifully twice. We finished when we had the opportunities."

Urbana (5-3-1, 1-2), which lost to Howard County power River Hill by one goal, didn't give the Lions that many chances. Liberty made the most of them, though.

The Lions took the lead just a little over seven minutes in. Franklin found himself alone on the right side from about 30 yards out. From there, he struck a perfect cross to the wide side of the goal, which Wilson picked up in mid-stride. He fired a low hard shot past Urbana goalie Dan Mulcahy.

Liberty extended the lead with 5:51 left in the first half. The Lions had a partial breakaway, and Franklin stood unmarked near the center of the goal about 15 yards out. As an Urbana defender converged on him, Franklin saw Wilson open near the left goalpost. His shot caught Mulcahy out of position for a 2-0 lead.

Urbana closed the gap to 13 minutes into the second half. The Hawks screened goalie Mike Gooding and fired a shot that deflected off Gooding to a wide open McPherson, who tapped the ball into the net

The Hawks pressured the goal in the last five minutes, but Gooding was up to the challenge each time. His best save came with just under a minute left, when he dove to his left to tip an apparent goal over the crossbar.

"Mike has done an excellent job for us all year," DeVincent said. "Tonight was just another example of that."

The win puts Liberty in the driver's seat in the Conference. DeVincent stressed, however, that games with rival South Carroll and Frederick's Thomas Johnson won't be easy. "Our goal is to win at least the region," said Wilson. "We have a lot of seniors on the team, and we've come so close before."

Urbana coach Kevin McMullen was complimentary of Liberty's effort.

"Liberty did what they had to do in the penalty area. I thought we would get more opportunities, but their goalie came up big when he needed to" he said.

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