Eighth-grade forward Josh Dinham works the ball toward Okanogan’s goalkeeper during action against the Bulldogs last week. Okanogan won the non-league match, 7-1. Photo by Mike Maltais

Eighth-grade forward Josh Dinham works the ball toward Okanogan’s goalkeeper during action against the Bulldogs last week. Okanogan won the non-league match, 7-1. Photo by Mike Maltais

By Mike Maltais

The Liberty Bell High School varsity boys’ soccer team played league rival Manson for the second time this season and the absence of some key starters gave the Trojans the edge for a 5-1 win to avenge an earlier 7-2 loss to the Mountain Lions.

Two days later, with six starters missing from the lineup, Liberty Bell dropped a 7-4 contest to the visiting Bulldogs of non-league 1A Okanogan.

Coach Lincoln Post was without the services of junior forwards and scorers Jorge Lara and Marty Larsen and junior defender Willy Duguay at Manson. To make maters worse, during the course of the game sophomore Danny Rodriguez was sidelined with a concussion.

Freshman forward Nate Hirsch kept the game from being a shutout by scoring Liberty Bell’s only goal.

Against the Bulldogs, it was freshman midfielder Bram Wathen’s turn to find the only Mountain Lion score in between a flurry of Okanogan shots on goal that kept goalkeeper Mike Hafsos on his toes throughout the game. But for a number of heads-up catches and deflections by Hafsos, the Caribou Trail League visitors would have easily pushed their score into the double digits.

With the team back to near-full strength, the Mountain Lions were scheduled to play the Mustangs at Bridgeport Tuesday (April 29). Manson will be in town for a game on Thursday (May 1) at 5 p.m.

Liberty Bell will travel to Oroville on Saturday (May 3) to play the Hornets, and will be back home to host Bridgeport on Tuesday (May 6) at 4:30 p.m.