Bethlehem Press

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Liberty boys start season 2-0

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

What better way to start the high school boys’ soccer season as a new head coach with a record of 2-0?

“This is golden. This is exactly as I thought it should be going. The guys have really responded well,” said Liberty coach Ian Larimer after the Hurricanes’ 2-0 victory over Moravian Academy on Saturday.

One day earlier, the Hurricanes defeated Easton 2-1 in their season opener at Easton.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Hurricanes tightened up their course of action.

“As a collective group, we realized our game plan needs to be followed, and needs to be followed thoroughly. Our press was initiated, our energy from the wings was terrific,” Larimer said.

Ricardo Carcamo tied the game on a penalty kick, and Salem Hatungimana scored the game winner.

In the game against Moravian Academy, a scoreless first half resulted in another regrouping for Liberty.

“Our possession was like 80-to-20. We just weren’t able to finish. Nothing was going in, so we were talking about finishing every opportunity that we had, and that pretty much worked out for us,” said Safa Turkdonmez.

Hatungimana put the Hurricanes on the board less than a minute into the second half against the Lions.

“Their defense was a bit slow, but it’s all due to my coach. He works on my touch a lot, my shooting, passing, so yeah, it’s all thanks to my coach,” Hatungimana said.

Ten minutes later, Turkdonmez scored after an assist by Hatungimana.

“I had a clear shot on that,” Turkdonmez said.

Liberty will have taken on Bethlehem Catholic this Tuesday, past Press deadlines, but its next hometown rivalry match is scheduled for Sept. 11 against Freedom.