The Liberty Bell High School girls’ soccer team clinched the CW 2B League championship with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over visiting Brewster on Saturday (Oct. 20).
Along with wins over Tonasket and Oroville earlier in the week, the victory over Brewster gave the Lady Lions a 14-0 record for the season, 11-0 in league play.
Second-place Brewster has two losses in league play — both to Liberty Bell — and won’t be able to claim the title even if the Lady Lions lose the last game of their regular season. That was scheduled for Tuesday (Oct. 23), against Lake Roosevelt on Liberty Bell’s home pitch.
Saturday’s match against Brewster was aggressively played by both teams from the opening whistle. Liberty Bell’s Megan Voigt broke the scoreless tie at the 23:58 mark with a looping shot from long distance that eluded the Brewster goalkeeper. The half ended with Liberty Bell up 1-0.
In the second half, Brewster’s score came indirectly off a penalty shot that caromed around until one of the Bears was able to nudge the ball past Liberty Bell goalkeeper Tommie Ochoa.
At the 25:10 mark, Liberty Bell’s Sally Thornton-White arced a shot from about 30 yards out just past the Brewster goalkeeper for a 2-1 lead. It was a shot that Thornton-White was practicing — and consistently making — before the game.
The Lady Lions held off Brewster for the remainder of the match.
Post-season play for Liberty Bell begins at home on Tuesday (Oct. 30) and then again on Nov. 1, head coach Lincoln Post said, with a potential rematch against Brewster, depending on the outcomes of Tuesday’s games, for the district title.
On Oct. 16, Liberty Bell defeated Tonasket, 4-1, in a home match. Spencer Hoffner scored two goals for the Lady Lions, while Thornton-White and Josephine Cole added single goals.
On Oct. 18, the Lady Lions were awarded a 1-0 win when Oroville forfeited because it did not have enough players. Liberty Bell sent 13 players who played 8-on-8 and won 3-2, Post said. Goals were by Cymone VanMarter, Maisy Shaw and Sophia Newton.