Still unbeaten in county, Liberty rolls to 3-1 victory

Lions top South Carroll, improve to 3-0-1 in league

Girls soccer

High School

October 10, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It seems if the Liberty girls soccer team could just confine itself to Carroll County competition, it would be nearly unstoppable.

Last night, the Lions put together perhaps their best effort of the season and downed host South Carroll, 3-1, to stay unbeaten in the county league. Liberty improved to 4-4-1 overall, 2-2-1 in the Central Maryland Conference and 3-0-1 in Carroll County.

"We've done very well against county teams. We haven't been so lucky against the conference teams, but I think this shows we have what it takes," Liberty senior forward Kelly Fiorani said. "From here on out, we should do all right."

Senior midfielder Megan Voight, Fiorani and junior defender Lauren Shadoff scored for Liberty, which outshot the Cavaliers 17-11 and held a clear advantage in play. In a losing effort, senior forward Jill Harrison scored South Carroll's only goal.

"It's a huge win," Liberty coach Lee Kestler said. "South Carroll has been a quality club this season again. I keep telling my kids that we're a very good team and can play with a lot of teams. It just depends on how we are when we hit that field."

Liberty jumped ahead 1-0 in the 36th minute when Voight headed a free kick by senior defender Kelsey Withrow through the arms of South Carroll freshman goalkeeper Amanda Frushour.

As the second half began, Fiorani immediately created three chances. In the 42nd minute, she put a perfect pass onto the foot of Rachel Harman, but Frushour stopped Harman's shot from point-blank range. One minute later, Fiorani broke free on the right wing, but Frushour, who finished with eight saves, again handled her high shot.

In the 44th minute, Fiorani broke through when, surrounded by defenders, she ripped a shot from 28 yards away into the lower right corner of the goal.

"At halftime we cleared a few things up and decided what we were going to do," Fiorani said. "We were going to go in, show no mercy and throw a few more in."

South Carroll (6-3, 2-2, 0-2) closed within 2-1 on Harrison's goal in the 46th minute. But the Lions got their insurance on a great individual effort from Shadoff, who pressured defenders and chased the ball for 30 yards, before making a steal in the penalty box and finishing.

"We thought we were prepared coming into this game, but I think they wanted it more than we did," South Carroll coach Jerry Janowich said. "I thought they outplayed us for the most part."

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