The Liberty Bell High School boys’ soccer team took three out of four matches in a busy week that saw Jorge Lara continue his relentless season-long assault on opponents’ nets.
The Mountain Lions started the week with a home game against Brewster, losing 1-0. Brewster is undefeated in league play.
“We had just returned from spring break and we began the game slowly but started to play well in the second half,” coach Lincoln Post said. “We created some good scoring opportunities and played a solid defense.”
Liberty Bell hosted Omak on Friday (April 17) and rebounded with a 5-1 victory. Lara drilled three goals, and Rowan Post and Cade Quigley added one each. Assists came from Lara, Charlie Thornton-White and Danny Rodriguez.
“Our starting lineup dominated the game and we transitioned to playing half junior varsity, and by the end of the game we had entirely JV players on the field,” Post said. “It showed the depth of our team that we could play 24 players in the game and maintain quality soccer throughout.”
On Saturday, the Mountain Lions continued their home stand with a 5-0 win over Bridgeport. Lara punched in two goals, and Post, Marty Larsen and Bram Wathen each scored as well. Larsen had two assists, and Leif Portmann-Bown added an assist.
“The team started strong and dominated the game with possession, passing and scoring opportunities,” Post said.
Liberty Bell finished the week with a 3-2 win over visiting Tonasket on Monday (April 20). Lara led the way with two more goals, and Wathen scored the third. Assists came from Lara and Thornton-White.
Tonasket scored two quick goals to take an early lead.
“About 15 minutes into the game, we began to work as a team with good passing and control and started to dominate the game,” Post said. “Wathen scored first with an assist from Lara and at the half it was 2-1. We had a number of opportunities to tie the game before the half and had confidence that we could come back to win.”
“Our defense played smart and solid, allowing almost no scoring opportunities in the second half, and Lara was able to put two in the back of the net to secure the win,” Post said.
Post said the Mountain Lions are improving as the season progresses. “I have confidence in this team to finish this season with some great soccer,” he said. “As a coach it is great to see a team work hard to improve their skills and develop a camaraderie that brings them success.”
Liberty Bell hosts Oroville on Wednesday (April 22) at
4:30 p.m., and will stay at home for a match against Manson on Saturday (April 25) at 11 a.m.