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Monday, December 9, 2019

LHS tops FHS in OT

Friday, October 18, 2019 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Heading into the first overtime of the Liberty versus Freedom boys’ soccer game last week, Hurricane coach Ian Larimer came up with a plan. Heading into the second overtime, Patriot coach Matt Reightler had a plan too.

While the game-winning goal by Liberty forward Christian Tackett was a result of neither plan, it defined how this particular rivalry game plays out most years.

The Hurricanes and Patriots played through almost 92 scoreless minutes last Tuesday night at Freedom until Tackett saw the ball roll from Chris Schray through a player’s legs.

“I just saw that ball bouncing in the box and the best thing I could do was put it back toward the net and it went in,” Tackett said. “I did this back my sophomore year, so it brought back memories. It was like flashbacks.”

So, what were the plans?

“Our attempt was to stretch their back line in the first overtime and wear them down, and then play with a compact midfield and take over the game in the second,” said Larimer.

Reightler’s plan was to substitute in one of his strikers.

“It’s the only card I have left,” said Reightler at the time.

But the Patriots never had possession in the second overtime, albeit, short, second overtime.

“[Our coach] just wanted us to run at them in overtime because we saw they were on their knees in these overtime periods, so he wanted us to run them down,” said Tackett.

Hurricane goalie Blake Koski made eight saves, and Patriot goalie Matt Thomsen, who made a big save with just 30 seconds left in regulation, also had eight.