Photos by Don Nelson

Liberty Bell’s Sally Thornton-White, No. 13, battled an Onalaska player for the ball in the Lady Lions’ victory. Ali Palm, No. 12, followed the acton.

LBHS faces St. George’s in 1B/2B semifinals

For the third consecutive year, St. George’s stands in the way of the Liberty Bell High School girls’ soccer team’s path to a state 1B/2B title.

The Lady Lions earned a trip to the final four championships in Sumner this weekend with a solid 2-0 win over Onalaska last Friday (Nov. 9) on Liberty Bell’s home pitch.

At Sumner, the Lady Lions take on the St. George’s Dragons in a state semifinal game on Friday (Nov. 16) at 2 p.m., playing for the chance to advance to the championship game on Saturday (Nov. 17) and face the winner of the Kalama-Adna match-up. If Liberty Bell loses Friday, the Lady Lions will play the loser of Kalama-Adna for third and fourth place.

The Dragons, like Liberty Bell a perennially familiar presence at the state playoffs level, defeated Liberty Bell, 1-0, in the quarterfinals round last year, ending the Lady Lions’ season without at trip to the final four in Sumner. St. George’s went on to finish second in 2017, losing to Life Christian Academy

In 2016, Liberty Bell made it to Sumner and faced St. George’s in the semifinals, losing to the Dragons 2-0 on the way to a fourth-place finish. St. George’s took the 2016 championship with a win over Kalama.

This year, the Lady Lions head to Sumner with an unblemished 18-0 record including post-season games. St. George’s, of Spokane, comes in with a 12-6-1 record according to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association website. Both teams played Brewster this year. The Lady Lions won all three matches against the Bears, while the Dragons lost to Brewster, 2-1.

Against Onalaska, the No. 3 seed from District 4, the Lady Lions’ superior speed and stingy defense stymied the visiting Loggers all night. Onalaska had few shots on goal, and the Lady Lions headed off any potential breakaways by frequently out-hustling the Loggers to the ball.

Senior Sally Thornton-White, recently named Most Valuable Player of the CW 2B league, scored Liberty Bell’s first goal on a laser-like penalty shot to give the Lady Lions a 1-0 halftime lead.

It stayed that way until Liberty Bell sophomore Josephine Cole took advantage of a carom in front of the Onalaska net to score the Lady Lions’ second goal. Injury time made the final two minutes seem to drag on much longer, but Liberty Bell kept the Loggers away from the goal.

Follow this weekend’s tournament progress at wiaa.com/ardisplay.aspx?ID=1786.

The Lady Lions celebrated their 2-0 win over Onalaska on a clear but chilly evening at the Liberty Bell home pitch.