Liberty in first state title game

Boys soccer

November 12, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Liberty senior striker Taylor VanBrackle, the program's all-time leading scorer, had waited long enough as the No. 6 Lions' Class 2A state semifinal game against Queen Anne's stayed scoreless into the second overtime.

So finally VanBrackle neatly put a ball away with eight minutes left in the extra time to lift the Lions to a 1-0 win that sends them to new territory, their first state final appearance.

Liberty, which was making its third state semifinal appearance in three years, improves to 14-0-3 and will next meet Hammond - a 2-0 winner over Hereford in last night's other semifinal at South River - next week at UMBC.

Hammond 2, Hereford 0 -- Junior midfielder Mostafa Ebrahimnejad was the offensive spark as the Bears scored twice in a four-minute stretch early in the second half to reach their first state title game.

Broadneck 2, Magruder 1 -- Scoring twice off long throw-ins, the first late in regulation and the second in overtime at Churchill High in Montgomery County, the Bruins advanced to their first state championship game in 15 years. Broadneck (15-2-1) will meet Sherwood, which beat Bladensburg, 1-0, in the 4A championship game next week at UMBC.

Sun reporters Glenn Graham and Don Markus contributed to this article.

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