The Liberty Bell High School girls’ soccer team began what it hoped will be another trip to the state tournament with a District 5-6 2B first-round match Tuesday (Dec. 31) against Tonasket on the Lady Lions’ home pitch.
If Liberty Bell gets past Tonasket, it will play the winner of the Brewster-Mabton game, also on Tuesday, for the district championship on Saturday (Nov. 4). Both teams in the district championship game will advance to state tournament play — the winner as a No. 1 seed, and the loser as a No. 5 seed.
Liberty Bell, which has lost to Brewster twice this season, would surely like a rematch. But the Lady Lions will first have to get past Tonasket, which will be looking for payback. In the last regular season game on Oct. 24, Liberty Bell edged Tonasket, 2-1, in a home match for the Lady Lions.
Tonasket scored first in last week’s match at about eight minutes into the game. With about 11 minutes left in the first half, Liberty Bell’s Sally Thornton-White passed to Josephine Cole in front of the net, and Cole booted it past the Tiger goalkeeper. The half ended at 1-1.
Cole scored again in the second half on an assist from Willow Temple. Liberty Bell goalkeeper Lauren Ochoa fended off several Tonasket shots to protect the lead.
Liberty Bell finished league play with a 10-record and was 12-3 overall. Tonasket finished 6-6 in league play and 8-9 overall.
Last year, Liberty Bell finished fourth in the state 1B/2B tournament in Sumner, the fourth time in five years that the Lady Lions finished among the state’s elite teams.
“Every game at this point of the season has significance,” said Liberty Bell coach Lincoln Post. “The team is in great spirits and having fun. We are still improving and developing our team play. The season started in the 100-degree heat of August and this weekend’s district game is calling for possible single digits and snow. We’re in the home stretch and in fine form. These are the games we’ve been working for.”