Photo by Don Nelson
The Lady Lions’ Ali Palm, No. 12, pursued the ball in the match against Omak.

By Don Nelson

After scoring three goals in its first three games, the Liberty Bell High School girls’ soccer team exploded for 10 scores in two victories last week.

On Sept. 19, the Lady Lions took advantage of the home pitch in overwhelming Omak, 6-0.

“Our team really began to find a good groove in our Omak game. Our players are starting to feel strong in their positions and trust in their teammates,” coach Lincoln Post reported. “We are still working on the strongest roles for the team but I am seeing good consistency even when there are a lot of substitutions and players trying out new positions.”

Sally Thornton-White scored two goals for Liberty Bell, one assisted by Haley Post. Thornton-White returned the favor by assisting Post on a goal.

Willow Temple also scored twice, with an assist by Cymone VanMarter, and Josephine Cole scored with an assist by Maya Sheely.

Liberty Bell traveled to Bridgeport on Sept. 21 and came away with another shutout win, prevailing 4-0. VanMarter scored on an assist by Sheely, Temple found the net assisted by Haley Post, Post in turn scored with an assist from Thornton-White, and Thornton-White finished the scoring with an unassisted goal.

“We have been seeing really strong contributions from our younger players and really solid defense,” Post  said. The Lady Lions have held opponents scoreless in three of their five matches this season.

The Liberty Bell junior varsity played its first game of the season on Monday (Sept. 25)

“Unfortunately we lost in the final minutes on a breakaway goal with a final score of 2-1,” coach Post reported.

McKenna Kurtz scored the Lady Lions’ goal, putting Liberty Bell up 1-0.

“Our team played really well at the start of the game, controlling possession and creating a lot of offensive pressure,” Post said. “Okanogan was barely able to cross the midfield line but was able to capitalize on a breakaway to tie the game before the half.

“The second half was a more-equal back-and-forth game and in what seems to be a tradition when we play Okanogan, was a nail-biter right down to the final whistle.”

The Liberty Bell varsity hosted Manson on Tuesday (Sept. 26), and will travel to Oroville on Friday (Sept. 29). On Oct. 3, the Lady Lions host Brewster.