Bethlehem Press

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hurricanes get revenge

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Things did not sit well with Liberty’s girls’ soccer team when they were defeated by Bethlehem Catholic earlier this season.

“Since they beat us the first time, we were not going to let them beat us again,” said Liberty co-captain Jess DelCorso.

This time, the Hurricanes won 5-2 last Wednesday night, and even that three goal lead was just a little too close for Liberty coach Scott Rodenbach.

“We had given up so many dumb goals, goals that we shouldn’t give up because I think we’re that talented and our defense is strong enough that we should know better,” Rodenbach said. “So a game like this, 2-1 is not going to cut it, and you saw 3-2. No, I’d take a 6-2. I’d have been comfortable with that.”

The Hawks put a potential scare into the Hurricanes when Becahi forward Brooke Bisko scored in the opening seconds of the game.

“I got a little nervous for us, but we came back strong so it was OK,” said Liberty co-captain Madison Muller.

Kathryn Wescoe tied the game on an assist by Muller, and Muller put the Hurricanes ahead on an assist by Merve Okumus.

“Theresa [Cazarrubias] played it down the sideline to Merve. She went around the defender, crossed it in, and I one-timed it into the goal in the corner,” Muller said.

In the second half, Wescoe scored Liberty’s third goal on a header from a corner kick taken by Okumus.

No sooner had the Hurricanes’ cheers subsided when Bisko scored her second goal of the night for the Hawks.

“We had the ball up top and it might’ve been a cross but we missed, and they just booted it up and I wasn’t back in time to cover,” said DelCorso.

With 8:21 left in the game, Okumus scored on an assist by Cazarrubias, and with 4:35 left, Okumus scored again on an assist by Wescoe.

“This was a good win. It kept us in district playoffs, or at least, a chance,” Rodenbach said.

Bridget MacDonald made seven saves for the Hurricanes, and Caitlin Vogrins made 10 saves for the Hawks.

This Thursday night is the Liberty versus Freedom soccer doubleheader at Freedom where the girls’ game will be played first at 5 p.m.

“And I think that’s what [district playoffs] is going to boil down to,” said Rodenbach. “Freedom on Thursday.”