Liberty boys soccer gets win over Easton
Salem Hatungimana’s goal for Liberty in double overtime broke a 1-1 tie to lift the Hurricanes over Easton last week at Liberty.
“It felt amazing,” Hatungimana said. “I had to bring it to my right foot and curve it in with my right foot. If I would have used my left, I would have missed.”
The Red Rovers just missed scoring in the first overtime when Hurricane goalkeeper Blake Koski made a save off the top of his fingers.
“It was tougher than it should have been, but I think the heat definitely played a factor,” Koski said. “My body’s tired, but I can only imagine what the people who were running around all day feel like. My teammates did really well to stick with it.”
Temperatures were still in the 90s late in the afternoon.
“We knew we were a more fit team. Easton was struggling at the end. We could tell. We worked for two months for this. Tons of fitness,” said Koski. “They definitely did [have more possession in the first overtime], but we prevailed.”
Easton’s Hunter Radowitch scored the first goal of the game, which came in the second half, and Hatungimana tied it for Liberty on an assist by Ricardo Carcamo.
“It looked like the keeper was coming out. The defender should have kicked it out but there was bad communication on both sides. The ball went through and I smashed it,” said Hatungimana. “Our tactics worked a lot, just the stuff we’ve been going over in practice.”
Koski had six saves for Liberty, and Tyler Pastula had eight saves for Easton.