Liberty falls in EPC finals
Liberty’s boys’ soccer team was awarded silver medals after Emmaus captured the EPC championship, defeating the Hurricanes, 1-0, last Thursday at Whitehall High School.
A goal by A.J. Febbraro early in the second half won the game for the Hornets.
Two days earlier, the Hurricanes won the EPC semifinal, 1-0, against Easton at Nazareth High School.
Liberty forward Isaiah Trinidad scored the game’s only goal at 38:36 in the first half.
“That goal was pretty unexpected,” Trinidad said. “It was an unexpected pass from [Christian] Tackett, but it was just perfect. I was at the right place at the right time. Doing that for my team, that’s the joy of it.”
Liberty goalkeeper Blake Koski made two saves in less than two minutes around 30:00 and another save off a corner at 12:58.
“Most of the [tense] ones were where we got caught up and they played through balls in and had breakaways but our defense got back and covered it and Blake made a few good saves,” said Hurricane defender Max Molloy.
Late in the second half, Koski tipped away an attempt by Easton forward Hunter Radowitch-Ambearle, and Riley Burke blocked Radowitch-Ambearle’s shot with 7:50 left in the game.
An Easton injury that stopped the clock, gave the Hurricanes a chance to discuss how they would play the final minutes.
“We said we need to hunt for the second goal because if not, in the last five minutes, we’re going to be getting attacked and have to defend everything,” said Molloy. “It’s very intense. Everything you see coming at you overwhelms you. We just focus on how we’re going to play the game, how the team is going to shape out, and do our thing.”
With Trinidad’s early goal in the game and multiple saves by Koski and the Hurricane defense, Liberty was able to hold on.
“I wanted my team to put a few in the back of the net,” said Trinidad, “but I’m willing to take it.”
The Freedom girls had their run end to Emmaus in a 3-0 loss at BASD. Emmaus would go on to the finals but fall to eventual champ Parkland.
The Hurricane boys will enter Class 4A District XI playoffs which begin with a bye for Liberty followed by a match against Whitehall on Thursday at Liberty.
The Liberty girls play at Nazareth on Tuesday afternoon.
The Freedom boys will be on the road at Eastburg South on Tuesday.
On Thursday, the Patriot girls are back in action in a rematch at Emmaus at 5 p.m.