The Liberty Bell High School girls’ soccer season fell one victory short of a return to the state 2B finals in Sumner, but the Lady Lions can look back with pride on another successful season.
In a quarterfinals game on Saturday (Nov. 16), Liberty Bell lost 3-0 to Adna on the Lady Lions’ home pitch, before enthusiastic rooters for both schools.
Adna, a quick and aggressive team that is a frequent state tournament contender, didn’t waste any time scoring, finding the net on a free kick just three minutes into the game. The Pirates then added two more goals before halftime, while the Lady Lions had difficulty getting shots on the Adna net.
In the second half, Liberty Bell tightened up its defense and kept the Adna goalkeeper busier, but the Lady Lions couldn’t put a digit on the scoreboard.
Liberty Bell finished fourth at the state 2B finals in Sumner last year.
“Although we finished our season with the loss to Adna, I feel so proud of the effort and the quality of soccer that we reached as a team,” Liberty Bell head coach Lincoln Post said. “We started slowly against Adna and gave up early goals, but once we settled into the game we played quality soccer. I think the level of soccer throughout the state continues to improve and once we face teams outside our league it is clear that we have our work cut out for us.”
Liberty Bell finished with a 13-5 overall record that included the District 6 2B championship.
Reflecting on the team’s journey, Post said that “it feels both like a quick whirlwind season and also a long journey filed with challenges and a lot of joy. There was great competition in our league and some epic battles that define the beauty for me of team sport.”
“There are individual stats that represent effort and skill but the beauty of a team sport is that we sink or swim as whole team,” Post continued. “There are not defensive statistics and defense is such an important part of success. That said, one of my favorite stats is how many players scored for our team this season. Out of 22 active players, we had 14 who scored during the course of our season.”
Graduating seniors are Ali Palm, Tommie Ochoa, Maya Sheely and Naomi Carter.