Century hits state semis

Knights lose 2 goals to offside calls, rally in 2nd half to oust Liberty

Century 2 Liberty 1

Boys soccer

November 08, 2006|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Host Century lost two first-half goals to offside calls in last night's Class 2A West region boys soccer final.

The No. 12 Knights, however, didn't lose their heads, regrouping to score two second-half goals, including Cory Chapman's go-ahead goal from Josh Meyer with 28:55 left in a 2-1 win over defending Class 2A state champion Liberty.

"It just shows you how resilient this team is," Century coach Scott Smith said. "It's tough to overcome those kinds of obstacles when you're working so hard and have a goal called back. But they overcame that obstacle and put another one in the net.

"In order to get where we're going, you've got to deal with a little bit of adversity."

The Knights (13-2-1) advance to Friday's Class 2A state semifinal at Washington College, where they will face Hammond, a 1-0 winner over Atholton. It will be the team's first trip to the semifinals since they captured their only state title in 2003.

Century played well early, but lost two chances to score when Chapman and Colin McLeod had goals waved off for offside calls.

After a scoreless first half, the Knights took a 1-0 lead just 41 seconds into the second half when forward Jeff Hohl squirted free near the goal mouth and knocked in a loose ball.

Liberty (12-5-1), however, pulled even five minutes later, when midfielder Chris Lawrence picked off a deflection and scored from about 15 yards out on the left side.

Chapman then scored the game-winner, taking Meyer's free kick from about 25-yards and one-timing it just inside the left post.

Down by a goal, the Lions had several chances to tie, but Jimmy Sambatoro's shot bounced off the crossbar and Dan Maskell's hard grounder was saved by keeper Jeff Rogers on the near-side corner with under a minute left.

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