The Liberty Bell High School girls’ soccer team recorded its third consecutive shutout with a 4-0 win over visiting Manson on Sept. 19.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Lions took a 3-nil win at Bridgeport.
“The Bridgeport game started slowly but as the game progressed we were able to take control of the possession and create some scoring opportunities,” Liberty Bell coach Lincoln Post said. “Maya Sheely made a beautiful cross to Josephine Cole for our opening goal. Tommie Ochoa scored twice in the second half, one on a penalty kick and one on an assist from Maisy Shaw.”
Against Manson, the Lady Lions controlled the match completely in the first 40 minutes, scoring all four of their goals and not allowing the visitors a single shot on goal — leaving Liberty Bell goalkeeper Mckenna Kurtz with little to do.
Sophomore Wyatt Albright started Liberty Bell’s scoring with a blast from slightly left of the net. Ochoa followed with a more straight-on kick that eluded the Manson goalkeeper.
The Lady Lions’ next score came on rare corner shot by senior Ali Palm, one of the most difficult kicks to convert. The ball arced perfectly into the top left corner of the net, beyond the Manson goalkeeper’s reach. Post said a corner shot goal is somewhat akin to a hole-in-one in golf. Palm shortly followed with a more conventional score from mid-field.
The Mountain Lions’ starters sat out all but about 10 minutes of the second half. “The Manson game showed the depth of our team,” Post said. “I think we played 21 members of the team and maintained quality passing and possession. Chloe Sprauer [playing in goal for the second half] made two beautiful saves to keep a clean sheet.” One of those saves was on a free kick that she leapt high to tip away.
Liberty Bell is now 3-1 for the season, and hosts Tonasket on Thursday (Sept. 26) starting at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Lions travel to Oroville next Tuesday (Oct. 1).