By Mike Maltais
The 11-2 Liberty Bell High School varsity girls’ soccer team – ranked just one point out of second place behind Tonasket in the Central Washington B North division – was scheduled to face league-leader Okanogan on Tuesday (Oct. 28) in an attempt to improve its placement in the district playoffs beginning Saturday (Nov. 1) in Wenatchee.
The Lady Lions have a solid grip on third place, four games ahead of 7-6 Brewster. If their final league game moves them into second spot past the Tigers, the Liberty Bell girls will meet
St. Georges. As the No. 3 seed, Liberty Bell’s opponent will be the south division’s No. 2 team, Mabton.
To get in shape to meet the No. 1 Bulldogs, the Lady Lions blew by Bridgeport, 4-0, on Oct. 21 and Oroville, 5-0, on Oct. 23.
Bridgeport shoots blanks
The Fillies were largely on the defensive on the Liberty Bell pitch, as Aden Jones put the Lady Lions on the scoreboard first off of a Mia Kennedy assist. Then Kennedy added a penalty kick of her own to put Liberty Bell up, 2-0.
Kennedy scored again on a corner kick in the second half and Sally Thornton-White took a Jones assist and closed the corral gate on the Fillies, 4-0.
The Hornets found themselves on the ropes during their Senior Night encounter with the Lady Lions.
With goalkeeper Lauren Ochoa out due to illness, Cailin Chandler stepped into the keeper’s slot for the first half of the game.
Senior midfielder Tabitha Bergevin-Krumme opened the scoring for the Liberty Bell in her last home game in a Lady Lions uniform, off an assist from sophomore Danielle Mott.
Mott then fed Jones for a score to give Liberty Bell a 2-0 halftime lead.
At halftime, coach Lincoln Post honored departing seniors Bergevin-Krumme, Lily White, Hannah Hogness, Julia Vu and Lucie DuPont.
Hogness relieved Chandler as keeper in the second half as the Lady Lions again went on the attack.
Kennedy struck early in the period with a solo shot to put the Lady Lions ahead, 3-0. DuPont put an unassisted shot into the net for the fourth point. Anna Post’s goal late in the second gave the Lady Lions the 5-0 shutout.
Liberty Bell had several more clear shots on goal throughout the game, including a couple of straight-ons from Mott and Thornton-White, but to Oroville’s credit its keeper made a number of good stops to keep the final score from hitting double figures.