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Anderson scores to lift Westminster over Liberty Owls are guaranteed a share of county title


All Westminster senior Brian Anderson wanted was a second chance.

His first opportunity to be a hero in his last home game sailed high over the Liberty goal.

That came with the score tied at one and eight minutes left in regulation. A little more than six minutes later, another chance came and that time, he made no mistake.

Anderson's third goal of the season lifted the Owls (6-3-1 overall, rTC 4-0 in the county) to a 2-1 win over Liberty last night and guaranteed them of at least a share of the county title.

"I was so happy after missing that first one," Anderson said. "Jim Silfee got me the ball on the first chance and also assisted on the goal, so I was glad to score it for him. I was just running through the middle and Jim flicked it on past a defender and I finished it in the left corner."

Anderson's goal came after Liberty (3-7, 3-1) dominated the second half. Trailing 1-0, the Lions got even two minutes into the half when Ryan Flynn headed home a Tim Chairs' long throw-in.

There were plenty more long throws to come, but the Lions couldn't finish.

Liberty controlled the midfield, winning everything in the air and getting to all the loose balls for a good part of the second half. The Lions continually pounded the ball in the Westminster end.

Chairs and Jamison Combs both have long throws, which give the Lions a weapon on offense few teams have. It's just like a corner kick opportunity with the ball being centered right in front of the opponent's goal.

"I thought we played very well. We had a numerous amount of throw-ins, but didn't finish," said Liberty coach Lee Kestler. "We weren't hungry enough when the ball was on the ground. We were thinking we would be able to put another one in the [goal], but they wouldn't let us get in."

It was another Westminster effort that left coach Chuck Beaver somewhat puzzled, but he got the end result he was looking for.

"It was kind of strange. We played with a lot of control in the first half and then get out of it at different portions -- it's frustrating," he said.

The Owls have found a way to win games and this time around it was Anderson's turn to provide the winner.

"He's kind of a sleeper. He knows what he wants to do with the ball and reads the game very well. Tonight was his time," Beaver said.

Both teams had scoring chances in the first half with Westminster taking the 1-0 lead into the halftime break.

Westminster senior Steve Hahn collected a loose ball in front midway through and found the lower left corner from 14 yards out to beat Liberty keeper Mike Silva.

Most of Liberty's opportunities started from the outside with an assortment of long throws, corner kicks and dangerous crosses. Westminster senior keeper Roland Backhaus did a good job of coming out to intercept the threats.

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