By Mike Maltais
The Liberty Bell High School varsity soccer boys took the game down to the wire at Bridgeport on April 29 before pulling a 4-3 win out of an overtime shootout. That victory provided the Mountain Lions a second shot at the Mustangs in a must-win decider this week.
Liberty Bell was scheduled to host Bridgeport on Tuesday (May 6) in a rematch to determine which team will advance to post-season play. The Mountain Lions defeated the Mustangs in one of two previous meetings last month, but then lost two of three matches to league-leading Manson to force the loser-out showdown against Bridgeport.
Liberty Bell came from two goals down to tie the game with goals by Jorge Lara and Charlie Thornton-White. Lara then scored what would have been the game winner had not Bridgeport answered back to knot the game, 3-3, at the end of regulation.
Shootout points from Lara, Thornton-White, Chase Vander Yacht and Willy Duguay together with heads-up blocking by goalkeeper Mike Hafsos tipped the score in Liberty Bell’s favor.
The short-handed Mountain Lions came up short in a hard-fought 2-1 loss to visiting Manson on May 1, despite a barrage of near misses that gave Liberty Bell some good looks at potential points. In the end it was junior forward Marty Larsen who scored the only goal for the home team.
The Trojans’ only league loss came at the hands of the Mountain Lions, who brought home a 7-2 road victory over Manson on March 25.
In their final warm-up before hosting Bridgeport, the Mountain Lions brought a 3-1 win back from Oroville on Saturday when goals by Lara, Thornton-White and Bram Wathen proved too much for the Hornets’ offense to counter.