By Don Nelson
The Liberty Bell High School girls’ soccer team stayed in a good position to make post-season play with two victories last week — one of them accomplished without a full squad of players.
The Lady Lions avenged an early-season, 1-0 loss to Tonasket with a 4-1 victory on Oct. 13 at the Tigers’ home field. Aden Jones scored goals for Liberty Bell early in the first and second halves to build a 2-0 lead, which was narrowed to 2-1 when Tonasket scored on a penalty kick.
The game stayed close for quite a while, coach Lincoln Post said, before Cassidy Butler and Maya Sheely added goals for Liberty Bell to ensure the win.
The Lady Lions traveled to Omak on Saturday (Oct. 17), but were missing several players for a variety of reasons, Post said. So Liberty Bell played with only 10 on the field against Omak’s 11, but still managed a 1-0 win. Sheely scored the Lady Lions’ only point with what Post called “a beautiful breakaway goal” midway through the second half.
In the absence of regular goalkeeper Lauren Ochoa, Butler and Hannah Weymuller each took a half in the net and shut out Omak.
“We controlled the ball and passed really well,” Post said. Competing with only 10 players “required them to play smarter,” the coach added.
Liberty Bell hosted Bridgeport on Tuesday (Oct. 20). The Lady Lions lost a tough 1-0 game to the Fillies in a shootout earlier this season. The Liberty Bell season concludes with away games at Oroville on Thursday (Oct. 22) and Okanogan on Tuesday (Oct. 27).