Easton tops Liberty
At no point did Liberty or Easton really have their second meeting in hand on Monday night, but as Easton’s Jonathan Morello said after the game, “We had to do something about this,” so with 38 seconds left, the Red Rovers topped the Hurricanes 4-3 at Liberty.
The game winner came at the end of a soccer match that seemed to be headed into overtime, but Easton forward Hunter Radowitch-Ambearle put it away.
“Michael Clarke crossed it in and I just slid it to the bottom corner. We’ve been working on it all season, and we executed. I’ve been waiting on it,” Radowitch-Ambearle said. “We finally finished.”
The Hurricanes and the Red Rovers headed into halftime with a 1-1 score amid some controversy over a free kick made by Easton that was called back.
“We didn’t go downhill, but the momentum went downhill for us because of the calls,” said Radowitch-Ambearle.
Morello called Easton’s halftime huddle no joke.
“We were working hard the whole game and everything wasn’t going our way, so I had to put something in that would give us momentum and it just came,” said Morello, who tied the game with 10:35 left on the clock.
“It was amazing, a great feeling, getting back that momentum for us,” he said.
For the Hurricanes, it was a combination of dejection and the ability to overcome.
“It’s great experience. It’s the post season within the regular season,” said Liberty coach Ian Larimer. “For those who hung their heads, it’s a feeling of disappointment, but it’s nothing we can’t come back from. Our mental fortitude must be consistent through the highs and lows of an entire match. We cannot for a second allow ourselves to drop below our expectations.”
The Hurricanes closed out the first half on a goal by Christian Tackett, and started the second half on a header by Blake Koski.
Easton’s Matthew Clarke tied the game 2-2 at 15:12, but Chris Schray’s free kick gave Liberty the lead back at 13:07.
“It’s unfortunate to have a few individual errors that we can let the game go by, but all-in-all, I thought we were decent at the back,” Coach Larimer said. “It’s tough to concede as many goals and to say we defended well, but I thought we have.”