Liberty girls soccer coach Lynn Stone has said her group is a second-half team. Last night, the Lions showed it.
Second-seeded Liberty scored two second-half goals to beat third-seeded North Hagerstown, 2-0, in a Class 1A-2A, West Region semifinal in Eldersburg.
The Lions (8-4-1) will travel to top-seeded Middletown (10-3) to play for the region crown tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
Liberty freshman Shanna Ziegenfuss scored the game-winner with a little more than 16 minutes remaining after the Lions dominated the majority of the second half.
She one-timed a bouncing ball from 20 yards and found the opposite post for her 11th goal.
"[Ziegenfuss] just let that one go," Stone said. "She's a hustler.
Her size is very deceiving. A lot of players think they can handle her because she's small, but she's very quick and smart."
The Lions continued to press and added an insurance goal with four minutes left when senior Robin Leeds scored off an assist from Ziegenfuss.
"We do a lot of dominating sometimes and don't get the goals," Stone said.
"We made some basic adjustments at half. Just settling down and playing the game with all 11 players playing together. We had some better passing in the second half and played more aggressive."
Liberty had the better chances in a quiet, scoreless first half, outshooting the Hubs 7-3. Liberty's Kerry Adams had a shot with 18 minutes left in the half and Megan Dunham's follow-up shot from 18 yards went wide of the North Hagerstown goal.
A minute later, Haley DeLaurence dribbled by two defenders and sent a rocket right at keeper Marisa Adkins from 18 yards.