League season starts with a convincing win

By Don Nelson

The Liberty Bell High School soccer team came out of three games last week with a win, a loss and tie — the victory coming in an important league game against Lake Roosevelt.

On Sept. 13, the Lady Lions hosted a strong Cashmere team that prevailed over the home club, 6-1. Lauren Fitzmaurice scored Liberty Bell’s only goal on a penalty kick.

“They were a very skilled team and controlled the game,” coach Lincoln Post said. “It was challenging for us to get pressured so quickly and as a result we did not play our best soccer. But it is early in the season and was a nonleague game so it was a good learning experience to see how a well organized team plays.”

Liberty Bell traveled to Okanogan on Sept. 15 and came away with a 1-1 tie, with Sally Thornton-White finding the net for the Lady Lions.

“Okanogan has been our main rival for the last few years and we often have very close games, and this one was no exception,” Post said. “Both teams played well and we were evenly matched through the first half although Okanogan put more pressure and had more shots.

“The second half we started to play two-touch and our passing game gave us the advantage. We controlled most of the second half and scored first and were looking for the win, but Okanogan tied on a nice header goal with about 10 minutes left. Our defense played really well and did not allow Okanogan any easy opportunities.”

The Lady Lions finished the week with a road match at Lake Roosevelt and registered an impressive 7-2 league win over the Raiders.

Thornton-White scored three goals and Fitzmaurice scored twice. Danielle Mott and Tomi Ochoa each had a goal.

“Overall, the team played really well and I can see a lot of improvement and strong soccer early in our season,” the coach said. The team’s overall season record stood at 2-1-1 after last week.

Liberty Bell played its third road game in a row on Tuesday (Sept. 20) at Omak. Next up are two league games: On Thursday (Sept. 22), the Lady Lions host Bridgeport (1-2-1 overall) at 4:30 p.m. Next Tuesday (Sept. 27), they are at Manson (0-3 overall).