Century's late surge defeats Liberty, 4-2

2 goals in final 11 minutes boost 12th-ranked Knights

Boys soccer

High Schools

September 14, 2004|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Geographically, Century High sits nearly three miles from Carroll County rival Liberty. For the Knights boys soccer team, however, it's been like a second home of late.

No. 12 Century, the defending Class 2A state champion, broke a tie with two goals in the final 11 minutes last night to again topple host No. 14 Liberty, 4-2, in a key early-season matchup.

The result was much the same as in last year's Class 2A West region final, when the visiting Knights also scored the final two goals in an overtime win against the Lions.

"The kids know that a little revenge is going to come hard, but I thought they held their composure extremely well," said Century coach Scott Smith.

Tied at 2, Century (4-1, 2-0) took the lead when forward Shawn Koval chased down Jessi Glauser's feed on the fly and fired it past goalie Brandon Chopper with 10:44 left.

"I called for the ball and went at an angle toward the goal," Koval said. "Once I saw him touch it to me, I just made sure I made contact with it."

The, with just over three minutes left, Steve Romeo's goal, following two straight blocked shots, sealed the win.

"Once they made it 3-2, they showed some signs of momentum coming back toward us," Smith said. "We got that second goal, and I think they went away a little bit."

Mike March also scored a pair of goals for the Knights, who scored four times against a team that had allowed just one goal in its first three games.

Liberty (3-1, 0-1) spent much of the night like a fighter on the ropes. Outshot 20-13, the Lions twice fought back from one-goal deficits.

But in the end, defensive breakdowns made the difference.

"We just broke down defensively tonight - way too many times," said Liberty coach Ed DeVincent. "Honestly, I think all their goals were from breakdowns, and you can't allow good players ... to get those opportunities, because they're going to finish them."

DeVincent said he expects the teams to meet again in the playoffs, much like a year ago.

"I think we'll see them again," he said. "We'll see what adjustments need to be made and we'll go from there. It just wasn't there tonight."

No. 15 Old Mill 3, Severna Park 1: Getting strong play at both ends from newcomers - freshman striker Andrew Bulls scored twice and junior goalkeeper Shawn Fernholz turned back six shots - the host Patriots (3-0) got the early advantage in Anne Arundel County.

Both team had quality scoring chances in a well-paced first half before the Bulls scored just before halftime and then again early in the second half to send the Patriots on their way.

"We came out with a lot of heart and fight and wanted this game bad," said Old Mill coach Jeff Martin. "I thought Andrew showed a lot as a freshman after missing a penalty kick early in the game to come back and get two goals.

"It's an early season game and I'm sure we'll be tested much more this season in the county with Broadneck looking strong, Chesapeake and others."

Sun staff writer Glenn P. Graham contributed to this article.

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