Liberty rallies to beat BC
Saturday was opening day for Bethlehem Catholic and Liberty’s girls’ soccer teams when Liberty won its first game of the new season, 2-1, at Becahi. “A great start,” said Liberty coach Scott Rodenbach. “I am ecstatic, yes.”
Historically speaking, nothing is certain in a match between the Hurricanes and the Hawks, so when Brooke Bisko scored first for Becahi, Rodenbach thought, here we go again.
“My take on it was we made one mistake that we paid for. Other than that, I thought the game was in our hands. I thought to be perfectly honest that, at least for sure the last 20 minutes of the first half, we just couldn’t put the ball in the net [even though] we had the better part of the play,” Rodenbach said.
The Hurricanes felt it too.
“We had to stay positive because usually when they’re up first, we put out heads down, but we just kept pushing, getting to every ball,” said Liberty midfielder Kat Wescoe.
At halftime, Rodenbach gave it to the Hurricanes straight.
“You go out that second half and let them score, game over,” he told them. “You’ve got to keep your head up. If you can maintain that and get one back, then we get two back, and then we go from there, and that’s what they did.”
About midway through the second half, Liberty mid Caitlin Ohl took a corner that went across and through three players.
“I’m the very last person on corners and I just hit it and hoped it went in,” said Hurricane defender Catey Kelly. “It kind of went through the goalie’s hands.”
Kelly’s goal tied the game 1-1.
“It really boosted the morale of the team and we got that feeling back that we could do it,” she said.
Around the 30th minute, Julie Curti took a throw in, and Wescoe scored with a header.
“She came in and we know she has a strong throw so she threw it into the box, I headed it in and it went through the goalie’s hands,” Wescoe said. “Now we had the lead and knew we could win. We just had to stay back on defense, shut them down and not let their forwards score.”
While Becahi coach Angelo Amato felt his team played very well and incredibly tough, Coach Rodenbach wants more from his forwards in the future.
“We need to work with our forwards, so if we get those chances, and we had several today, we need to be able to put them away. We had chances we should have scored on and didn’t,” Rodenbach said.
That also put pressure on the Hurricane defense.
“Brooke Bisko is so good and it’s really difficult to defend her so I’m proud of my teammates and myself for being able to keep her under control and hold the lead,” said Kelly.