Photo by Don Nelson
Liberty Bell junior Maya Sheely, No. 4, wound up for shot at the goal in a recent home match against Pateros.

The Liberty Bell High School girls’ soccer team — which finished first in the 2B CWB league’s regular season — began post-season play on Tuesday (Oct. 30) when the Lady Lions hosted Bridgeport in the District 6 championship tournament.

Both Brewster, which finished second in the league, and Liberty Bell had first-round byes in the double-elimination district tournament. Bridgeport advanced to its match with Liberty Bell by virtue of a 4-1 win over Lake Roosevelt on Saturday (Oct. 27). Tonasket defeated Manson, 5-0, also on Saturday, and will face Brewster on the Bears’ home pitch on Tuesday.

If the Lady Lions get past Bridgeport, they will host the winner of the Brewster-Tonasket game on Thursday (Nov. 1) for the district championship and direct advancement to the next round of play, in the state championships.

Finishing second would put Liberty Bell into District 6-District 7 crossover play on Saturday (Nov. 3) and another chance to advance to the first round of the state championships with a win.

If Liberty Bell loses its Tuesday match against Bridgeport, the Lady Lions would play for third place in the district tournament in another home game on Thursday (Nov. 1) against the loser of the Brewster-Tonasket match. Another loss would end the Lady Lions’ season.

If Liberty Bell finishes third in the district, it will play in a District 6-District 7 crossover game on Saturday (Nov. 3) for a chance to advance to the first round of the state tournament on the weekend of Nov. 8-10. A win in that round would put the Lady Lions in the final four at Sumner the weekend of Nov. 16-17.

Liberty Bell was most recently at the Sumner finals in 2016, when the Lady Lions took fourth place. They missed the final four tournament in 2015 and 2017, but finished second, third and fourth in 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Undefeated Liberty Bell — 12-0 in league play and 15-0 overall — won two games over Bridgeport earlier this season, but neither was easy.

The Lady Lions defeated the Fillies 2-1 in September. A home match against Bridgeport on Oct. 4 ended regulation time in a 0-0 tie. Overtime did not settle the issue. So the teams went into a penalty-shot round, where the Lady Lions made two shots compared to none for the Fillies, so Liberty Bell came away with a 1-0 win.

The Lady Lions finished regular-season play on Oct. 23 with a 10-4 win over Lake Roosevelt on Liberty Bell’s home pitch.