The Liberty Bell High School boys’ soccer team went on the road for its first two games of the season last week, suffering tough losses at Bridgeport and Tonasket.

At Bridgeport, the Mountain Lions fought to a 1-1 tie in regulation time, after a Charlie Thornton-White goal put Liberty Bell ahead for much of the game. In a shootout, the Mountain Lions scored the first two goals but ultimately lost, 3-2.

“Bridgeport played with a lot of heart and pressured us to the end to come up with the win,” Liberty Bell coach Lincoln Post said. “Simon Studen played goalkeeper for us and had an excellent game, making a number of key saves.”

The Mountain Lions lost 3-1 at Tonasket, with Rowan Post scoring Liberty Bell’s only goal.

“Tonasket played fast and scored twice in the first half,” coach Post said. “We scored early in the second half and had a few opportunities to tie, but then Tonasket scored their third goal and held the lead for the remainder of the game.” Two standout players for Liberty Bell were Danny Rodriguez and Eden Davis, “who both inspired the team with their effort throughout the match,” the coach added.

Looking ahead, Post said, “we have a really strong league and we have our work cut out for us. I think we will surprise our opponents with how much we improve through the course of the season.”

The Mountain Lions have several games scheduled in the coming week: Tuesday (March 22) at Oroville, Thursday (March 24) at Omak, Saturday (March 26) at Brewster, and Monday (March 28) at home versus Manson.