Lightning delay clouds picture on county title

Action due today

Liberty up 1-0 on Westminster

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 15, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Lightning and poor field conditions put an early end to last night's boys soccer game at Liberty. It also kept the Carroll County title picture in limbo for at least one more day.

Liberty led Westminster 1-0 when the game was called with 10:31 left in regulation. Though a win would give the Lions the inside track to the county title, they will have to wait until today to learn what action the Monocacy Valley Athletic League will take.

The league could either rule the game a final; have the teams play out the final minutes; or, in a far more remote possibility, have the entire game replayed.

"I'm hopeful that we'll get to continue this game, because this is basically the game for the county title," said Westminster coach Fran McCullin. "I would hate to see it end with a one-goal game and not get to finish it out."

Liberty coach Ed DeVincent said he expects to hear from the league sometime today, and even is preparing for the possibility that his team could have to complete the game tonight.

Liberty is unable to play tomorrow because of homecoming festivities, there is no school on Friday because of a teachers' convention, and the Lions already have a game at Cardinal Gibbons scheduled for Saturday.

"We've got to get it done soon if we're going to get it done," said DeVincent.

If the Lions (8-1-2 overall, 3-0-1 county) win, they will clinch at least a share of the title in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Chesapeake Conference. They also would be in good position to the county title, with just one county game remaining next week against Francis Scott Key.

If Westminster (5-3-1, 3-0-1) came back to win, the Owls would claim the county title outright. A tie could mean a three-way tie for the championship with Liberty and Century.

Playing through the rains and stiff winds, Liberty took a 1-0 lead with under a minute left in the first half when forward Justin Ahmanson worked the ball upfield and passed it to sophomore Taylor van Brackle, who sent it toward the goal. Teammate Holt Skovron won the loose ball and got off a low shot that found the back of the net.

"I just kind of stepped off and shot it underneath the goalie," Skovron said.

Despite a 9-4 advantage in shots, however, Liberty could never again cash in.

Westminster's Matt Duke appeared to tie the game with 11:02 left, but was ruled offside.

Lightning then forced the teams off the field.

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