Bethlehem Press

Monday, September 16, 2019

LHS boys top Bethlehem Cath.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ soccer team hosted Bethlehem Catholic this past Saturday and won its season opener, 5-1.

“I think our team movement going forward was quite decent. I think we were able to string a lot of healthy combinations together,” said Liberty coach Ian Larimer. “Execution was lacking today but it was good to see a lot of ideas we have rehearsed come to life on the field.”

Liberty’s Chris Schray was finally able to break through Becahi’s intensity and score the first goal for the Hurricanes in the 10th minute.

“I saw the goalie starting to cheat. I just hit it far post,” Schray said. “I was pretty happy about that.”

At 13:30, Brandyn D’Amico scored his first varsity goal with an assist from Isaiah Trinidad, and Trinidad scored less than a minute later on an assist from Schray.

Schray followed up with a free kick shortly before the half.

“It was a little farther than I usually would shoot that, but I thought, why not, and it worked,” Schray said.

With a 4-0 lead at halftime, Coach Larimer still had plenty to say to his team.

“With that big of a lead we need to keep our intensity high and unfortunately we did not accomplish that in the second half,” said Larimer. “I think it’s first game jitters, nothing more, nothing less. I think Bethlehem Catholic showed up today with a lot of enthusiasm, I have a lot of respect for their new coach, and they surely gave us a battle.”

As Schray explained it, the Hurricanes needed to clean up their touches, passes, and decision-making.

“We didn’t play better but we got the result,” Schray said.

Max Malloy scored the Hurricanes’ fifth goal in the second half, and with 5:20 left in the game, Peter Martinez scored for the Hawks.

Also on Saturday, Freedom tallied its first win of the season with a 5-1 victory over Dieruff at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.

Goals for the Patriots were made by Sebastian Ramirez, Tye Roemersma, Peter McGibbon, and two by Sebastian Garces.

Garces had an assist as did Sebastian Ramirez, Daniel Ramirez, and Michael Corlette.

Tristan Willey had one save.