South Carroll finally found some luck in a close game.
After losing all three of their one-goal games, the Cavaliers' Jason Weisenborn scored with 1: 15 left to give his team a come-from-behind, 10-9 victory over visiting Liberty last night.
The Lions jumped to a 4-1 lead after one period and stretched that to 7-4 in the second quarter, led by Nick Waldner (four goals) and Zach Dietrich (two goals, one assist). Liberty (3-6, 1-1) split the South Carroll defense time after time for good shots.
But South Carroll (4-3, 1-1), which has not lost to the Lions in six years, slowly began to turn the tide. Rob Onda (two goals) scored with 5.1 seconds left in the half to make it 7-5, and coach Jeff Alisauckas spent the break preaching the importance of defense.
"That's all we talked about at halftime," he said. "I told them defense will bring them back."
And it did.
The Cavaliers -- who dominated faceoffs with Charlie Gibson -- tightened up their defense, stopped Liberty from finding the easy shots, and held the Lions scoreless for a total of 19 minutes, 12 seconds.
Liberty did not score again until Waldner converted a Tom Freedman pass with 4: 41 to go. But by then, South Carroll had scored the half's first four goals and taken a 9-7 lead.
Weisenborn (four goals, one assist), Will Gunther (one goal, two assists) and Mike Rabinovitz (two goals) scored in the third quarter to give the Cavaliers an 8-7 lead. Weisenborn then took a great Gunther feed from behind the net and made a diving shot with 6: 58 left for a two-goal margin.
But Liberty's offense had awakened when Waldner scored the aforementioned goal. Waldner and Freedman again combined to tie the score an extra-man goal with 2: 39 left.
Gunther and Weisenborn hooked up again for the game-winner. In an unsettled situation, Gunther whipped a pass from the top of the box over to Weisenborn on the left. The senior then faked a high shot, but put a low one past goalie Brice Sauers.
"I just faked it and went to his off-side," said Weisenborn. "I just wanted to put it in the goal."
South Carroll goalie Nick McCready stopped the Lions from doing that with 17 saves, many on close shots. He made six saves in the first quarter alone, stopping the game from becoming an early blowout.
But Liberty could not get its offense going in the second half. The Lions may have tired a bit, and South Carroll improved its defense -- a combination that proved too much for the Lions.
Pub Date: 4/17/97