Soccer teams fall
Heartbreak befell Freedom and Liberty’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams last week as the Patriots and Hurricanes were knocked out of District XI Class 4A soccer playoffs to end their respective seasons.
The Patriot girls were the last team standing before losing to Parkland in the quarterfinal, 4-0, last Thursday night at Parkland.
About an hour earlier, Freedom’s boys lost to East Stroudsburg South, also in a quarterfinal game, 3-2, at Freedom.
The Cavaliers had a 2-0 lead until Patriot midfielder Jared Whitehorn scored on an assist by Zach Fereno. Whitehorn came back in the second half to tie with approximately 18 minutes left in the game, but the Cavaliers went ahead for good four minutes later.
Last Thursday afternoon, Liberty’s boys lost to Easton in a quarterfinal, 1-0, at Liberty.
After a scoreless first half, Easton’s Jaedon Bright scored for the Red Rovers, ultimately ending the Hurricanes’ season.
“It just didn’t come together today. I believe player injuries threw our rhythm off. There were a lot of interruptions,” said Liberty coach Ian Larimer. “To our seniors, I owe them nothing but gratitude. To those who will be returning, it is crucial we harness this loss and use this energy to fuel us.”
On Tuesday, Liberty’s girls lost to Northampton, 3-2, at Northampton.
Down 2-0 at halftime, Madison Muller and Kathryn Wescoe scored a goal apiece for the Hurricanes in the second half. Theresa Cazarrubias and Merve Okumus were credited with assists.
The District XI Class 4A soccer tournaments will continue this week with semifinal games scheduled for Tuesday and finals scheduled for Thursday.