The Liberty Bell High School girls’ soccer team bounced back from a season-opening loss to win two games last week.
On Thursday (Sept. 14), the Lady Lions edged Okanogan, 1-0, on a goal by Sally Thornton-White. The game, originally scheduled as a home match, was moved to Okanogan because the new track surface at Liberty Bell was not fully cured.
“Overall we played well but made a few early-season errors, Liberty Bell coach Lincoln Post said. “[Goalkeeper] Lauren Ochoa made a save on a penalty kick late in the game to keep our lead and the win.”
“Particularly in the second half we began to control possession and create scoring opportunities,” Post added. “The team is learning quickly and improving remarkably with each game.”
The learning curve continued on Saturday, as the Lady Lions prevailed 2-1 at home over Lake Roosevelt. Thornton-White again scored the first goal, 10 minutes into the first half, giving Liberty Bell a 1-0 halftime lead.
Barely two minutes into the second half, Cymone VanMarter added a goal for Liberty Bell. That lead held up until Lake Roosevelt scored with 23 minutes left, on a deflection off of a Liberty Bell defender that escaped Ochoa’s reach. But that was all the Raiders could manage, and the Lady Lions held on for the victory.
Most of the first half action took place on the Lake Roosevelt side of the field, and the Lady Lions kept up the offensive pressure into the second half. Several Liberty Bell shots bounced off the Raiders’ goal posts.
“Our team is really learning quickly, passing well, and is playing some quality soccer,” Post said. “We need to work on finishing – putting the ball in the net.”
The Lady Lions hosted Omak on Tuesday (Sept. 19) and will travel to Bridgeport on Thursday (Sept. 21). Liberty Bell will be at home against Manson next Tuesday (Sept. 26) starting at 4:30 p.m.