The Liberty Bell High School boys’ soccer team got its first win of the season last week against Omak, sandwiched between a tough loss in a shoot-out at Oroville and a thumping at Brewster.
The Mountain Lions ended regulation play in a 1-1 tie against Oroville on March 22, thanks to Leif-Portmann Bown’s goal, then lost in a shootout, 8-7.
“Oroville was a scrappy physical team with a lot of hustle and made it challenging for us to get any kind of rhythm to our play,” Liberty Bell coach Lincoln Post said. “Mikey Hafsos played well for us as keeper in regular time and in the shootout.”
Two days later, the Mountain Lions held on for a 1-0 victory at Omak, on a goal by Rowan Post. “It was an evenly matched, good game,” coach Post said. “It was the first game of our season where our passing and movement off the ball started to come together. Henry Jones and Danny Rodriguez were standout players with their control of the midfield and hustle.”
The Mountain Lions traveled to Brewster on Saturday (March 26), where they were “schooled” by the Bears, 8-0, Post said.
“It was a learning experience in many ways,” the coach said. “They [Brewster] really played top-notch soccer. It was clear right from the beginning of the game that we were playing against a team that was on another level.”
“The best we could do is keep a positive attitude and learn as much as we can from the experience,” Post continued. “Mikey Hafsos made a dozen or more saves to keep the score to only 8. Our defensive players Chase Vander Yacht, Eden Davis and Nicholas Fitzmaurice have become a strong force for the team and are the backbone that we rely on.”
Liberty Bell was scheduled to play at Manson on Tuesday (March 29) and at Okanogan on Thursday (March 31).