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’Canes get quick OT goal to top Zephyrs

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Overtime had barely begun in Liberty’s boys’ soccer game against Whitehall last week when Safa Turkdonmez’s goal in the first 30 seconds was the game winner for the Hurricanes last week at BASD Stadium.

“I was not expecting us to score a goal within 30 seconds, but we pressed them like crazy,” said Turkdonmez. “[Salem Hatungimana] played me a ball in. I think I lost it, and then it ricocheted back to [Andy Epsaro], and he played it to me.”

Liberty scored first with a goal by Ricardo Carcamo, and Whitehall’s Aziz Atiyeh tied the game on an assist by Tony Rodriguez.

“We were outnumbered in the midfield due to the fact we’re playing a different formation, so in the beginning of the game, the outnumbered midfielders made our defenders work a lot harder,” said Hurricane defender Spencer Koski. “We wanted to come out flying, hot pressing, and get a goal quick.”

Liberty goalkeeper Blake Koski made four saves.

Later in the week, Koski made six saves in the Hurricanes’ 0-0 tie with Emmaus, and two saves in Liberty’s 2-0 victory over Nazareth.

Tyrece Langton scored on an assist by Rodriguez, and Hatungimana scored on an assist by Carcamo.

Also last week, Freedom’s boys defeated Pocono Mountain West 1-0 on a goal by Andrew Youwakim, and Derek Bast made three saves for the Patriots.