The Liberty Bell High School boys’ soccer team made history this year with the Mountain Lions’ first appearance in post-season play, celebrating with a 2-1 overtime win against Cashmere on Saturday (May 9) in the first round of district playoffs.
Regulation play ended in a 1-1 tie, with Liberty Bell’s goal scored by Willy Duguay on a pass from Jorge Lara. In overtime, Lara scored the winning “golden goal” a few minutes in.
The Mountain Lions continued in the district playoffs with a match on Tuesday (May 12) at Brewster, who finished first in league play.
A Tuesday win would send Liberty Bell into the district championship game on Saturday (May 16) against either Manson or Chelan. Winning the championship would mean home field advantage in the first and second rounds of the state tournament, coach Lincoln Post said.
A loss on Tuesday would put the Mountain Lions in the game for third place against either Manson or Chelan, also on Saturday.
The Mountain Lions finished the regular season tied for second with Manson in the Central Washington 2B North league with a record of 8-4, and went 12-4 in overall play.
“I am pretty sure this has been the largest turnout in Liberty Bell history with 32 players,” Post said. “We all practice together and work together as a team. Our league is really strong and each game required of us to play our best, which has prepared us well for post-season.”
The Mountain Lions defeated Omak, 5-1, on May 5 as Lara scored four goals and Bram Wathen also found the net.