By Don Nelson
Live by the shootout, die by the shootout.
Or, put the game out of reach early.
It was that kind of week for the Liberty Bell High School girls’ soccer team, as they survived a shootout at Brewster on Tuesday (Oct. 4) for a 2-1 win, then dropped a home match on Thursday (Oct. 6) to Tonasket, 3-2, also decided by a shootout. They returned to the home pitch on Saturday (Oct. 8) for a convincing 7-0 win over Lake Roosevelt.
The outcomes left Liberty Bell, Tonasket and Brewster tied for the league lead with identical 5-1 records. The Lady Lions are 8-2-1 on the season after Saturday.
Cassidy Butler scored Liberty Bell’s only regular-time goal against Brewster. After two five-minute overtimes produced no more scoring, the outcome was decided on penalty kicks, with Lady Lion Lauren Fitzmaurice striking the winning goal.
On Thursday, Tonasket found the net first for a 1-0 lead at the 28-minute mark. At 19 minutes, Sally Thornton-White answered for Liberty Bell, making it 1-1. With 6:30 left, Tonasket scored again for a 2-1 halftime lead.
It didn’t take long for Liberty Bell to tie it up, as Danielle Mott scored just 90 seconds into the second half. After that, however, neither team was able to take the lead although Liberty Bell had several shots on goal. Again, two five-minute overtimes went scoreless. After three penalty kicks, the teams were deadlocked 3-3. But Tonasket snuck another ball past goalkeeper Lauren Ochoa, and the Lady Lions’ final two kicks bounced off the upper bar of the goal.
An overcast day eventually turned to drizzly on Saturday, but the dreary conditions didn’t affect the Lady Lions against Lake Roosevelt. Nearly the entire game was played in front of Lake Roosevelt’s goal, with the visitors rarely advancing far into Liberty Bell territory.
Thornton-White led off the home team’s scoring with an assist by Maya Sheely at the 31-minute mark. Danielle Mott added the next goal shortly thereafter, at 29:30. Haley Post, Sheely and Corinne Dietz also added scores to make it 5-0 at halftime. Thornton-White scored her second goal in the final 40 minutes, and Natalie Treise added the final score.
Liberty Bell was without some of its regular players including Ochoa, who had a scheduling conflict after the game’s original 11:30 a.m. starting time was changed to 2 p.m. Fitzmaurice, Sheely, Tomi Ochoa and Ali Palm took turns in the goal against Lake Roosevelt.
Liberty Bell traveled to Bridgeport on Tuesday (Oct. 11), then returns home for a match against Manson on Thursday at 4 p.m. The Lady Lions play at Oroville next Tuesday (Oct. 18).