By Don Nelson
The Liberty Bell High School girls’ soccer team, coming off three years of progressively higher finishes at the state tournament, started off the fall season with a 4-0 win over league rival Brewster last Thursday (Sept. 10).
Coach Lincoln Post said he was impressed by the team’s opening performance. “I thought they played really well for the first game of the year,” Post said.
The Lady Lions scored two goals in each half, and an aggressive defense plus the vigilance of goalkeeper Lauren Ochoa kept Brewster out of the net. Corrine Dietz scored twice for Liberty Bell, while Cassidy Butler and Aden Jones added a goal each.
The Lady Lions finished second at the state tournament last year, third the year before, and fourth the year before that. However, Post said he’s not placing any unrealistic expectations on this year’s team, which lost three starters from last year who would have been part of the squad but moved out of the district.
“Each year is a new experience with a unique group of players,” Post said. “We have many returning players who are great” and are providing strong leadership, he said. “I’m very excited about this season and this group.”
The coach said he is pleased with how quickly the younger players are improving their games, and with the team’s overall unity. “They are building a lot of trust already,” he said.
Liberty Bell traveled to Manson on Tuesday (Sept. 15), and will host Tonasket at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 17) and Entiat at 4 p.m. next Tuesday (Sept. 22).