Lance Freeman scored twice off free kicks in the second half to rally St. Andrews to the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference regular-season soccer championship with a 2-1 defeat of Queen Anne yesterday at St. Andrews.
The Lions (9-0) used a swarming offense to outshoot Queen Anne, 11-5. St. Andrews' defender Tom Graves held Robbie Fettus, the area's leading scorer, with 34 goals, to three shots and one goal.
"We just had to play heads up with him," said Graves, who twice forced Fettus wide into the right corner and stole the ball.
"We didn't try to take the ball away from him. Instead, we let him handle it and let him make the mistakes."
Both teams played cautiously in the first half and play was mired at midfield.
St. Andrews' best opportunity for a goal before intermission came midway through the half when Scott Aubinoe carried down the center of the field and cut right. His 25-foot shot was wide left.
Fettus, who averaged almost four goals per game this season, gave Queen Anne (7-2) a 1-0 lead one minute into the second half.
Taking a through pass from the left side, Fettus broke in alone and beat goalie Quentin Lide to the right side.
Freeman tied the game 14 minutes later when he looped a 25-yard free kick from the right side into the upper left corner of the goal.
He scored the game winner from almost the same spot with 10 minutes left, again hitting the upper left corner for his 12th goal of the year.
"I practice those shots a lot," said Freeman, who has scored six goals off dead-ball situations.
"I didn't think those shots would be automatic goals, but I thought I had a pretty good chance of scoring."
"If we could have stopped those set shots we'd have been okay," said Queen Anne Coach Stew Brynn, whose team had lost to Pallotti, 2-1, earlier in the season.
"We got out of our game plan the last 10 minutes and that was the difference."