Liberty recovers for 2-1 win

Boys soccer

High Schools

September 30, 2005|By RICH SCHERR | RICH SCHERR,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Liberty boys soccer coach Ed DeVincent knew it was just a matter of time before his team found the range last night against Winters Mill.

Despite getting off the game's first nine shots on goal, the host No. 13 Lions trailed for much of the first half before goals by Tony Lee and Graham Rigby ultimately made the difference in a 2-1 win over their previously unbeaten Carroll County opponent.

"We struggled a little bit with putting the ball in the net, but if we find the net two or three times a game, our defense is holding up pretty strong right now," said DeVincent, whose team outshot the Falcons, 23-9.

With the game tied at 1 midway through the second half, it was Rigby's goal off a pass from Taylor VanBrackle on a counterattack that gave Liberty the lead with 18:40 left in regulation.

"I was just wide open in the middle and [VanBrackle] saw it and just passed it out," said Rigby. "It just shows how well we work together."

The win kept Liberty (5-0-3 overall, 2-0-1 county) in prime contention for the county title. Had Winters Mill (4-1-2, 3-1-1) won, the Falcons would have put themselves firmly in the driver's seat.

Liberty dominated early, coming within inches of scoring on three occasions, including on a liner by A.J. Cherenzia that was met with a diving save by Winters Mill's Matt Schultz.

Despite facing a stiff breeze, it was the Falcons who struck first, scoring on a hard shot by Matt Robinson from 27 yards with 10:59 left in the half.

rich.scherr@baltsun.com

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