By Don Nelson
The Liberty Bell High School girls’ soccer team kept its winning streak alive with a squeaker and the soccer equivalent of rout in two games last week.
On Sept. 20, the Lady Lions traveled to Omak coming off of a 7-2 win over Lake Roosevelt. Early on, Danielle Mott scored Liberty Bell’s first and only goal assisted by Sally Thornton-White. Then the teams settled into a tense, scoreless duel for the rest of the match. Tough defense and vigilance of Liberty Bell goalkeeper Lauren Ochoa preserved the victory.
“We controlled the game but had a difficult time scoring,” Liberty Bell coach Lincoln Post said. “Omak has a very fast and skilled center defender and a strong goalkeeper that were able to shut down our attack. We had a bunch of close opportunities but only one goal.”
After three road games, Liberty Bell returned home Thursday (Sept. 22) and put Bridgeport away early on the way to a 5-1 win.
Maya Sheely started the Lady Lions’ scoring, followed by Lauren Fitzmaurice, Tomi Ochoa and Mackenzie Woodworth, on an assist by Natalie Treise, to give Liberty Bell a 4-0 halftime lead. Thornton-White added a goal in the second half.
“Our team continues to improve both individually and as a team, and not only the starting lineup but also all of our players contributed to the win,” Post said. “We have a number of players in their first season with the team and they maintained the pressure against Bridgeport, passing and controlling the ball really well.”
The Lady Lions went for their fourth consecutive victory when they visited winless Manson on Tuesday (Sept. 27). Liberty Bell’s season record was 4-1-1 going into Tuesday’s game. Oroville visits on Thursday (Sept. 29) with action beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Lions will be at Brewster on Tuesday (Oct. 4), then host Tonasket on Oct. 6.