Leaving nothing to chance, number one seeded Liberty prepared well and came out kicking at number eight seeded East Stroudsburg South, playing to a 4-0 victory over the Cavaliers in an EPC soccer quarterfinal on Saturday at Liberty.
“I think it was something that they weren’t expecting,” said Liberty senior forward Caleb Mendoza. “I think it did mess up their rhythm a little bit, but I don’t think they expected us to come out swinging as fast as we did from the beginning, so I think that’s what gave us that leverage.”
Liberty number one singles player Veronica Lynn was a third place medalist at the District XI Class 3A Singles Tennis Championships, played last week at Parkland High School.
“I wanted to make it to finals, but overall, I felt good that I made it that far,” Lynn said. “[Coach Chris Conrad] said I did a good job, and it was a good result, being a freshman and making it that far.”
Liberty’s girls’ soccer team won three consecutive games last week, defeating Allen, 7-1, Dieruff, 5-1, and Northwestern Lehigh, 1-0.
In the Hurricanes’ game against Northwestern Lehigh on Saturday, Catherine Kelly scored the game-winning goal in overtime.
In the Hurricanes’ game against Dieruff, Kathryn Wescoe scored two goals in the first half, and Lindsey Heffernan scored one. Heffernan scored again in the opening minutes of the second half, and Kelly scored Liberty’s last goal two minutes later.
Assists were made by Alanysse Solomon, Caitlin Ohl, and Wescoe.
Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s cross country teams competed against Whitehall, Emmaus, and Allentown Central Catholic last Tuesday at Whitehall.
In boys’ team results, Becahi lost to Whitehall, 25-34, Emmaus, 15-49, and Central, 20-41. Freedom defeated Whitehall, 29-27, Central, 23-33, and lost to Emmaus, 22-37. Liberty defeated Whitehall, 18-45, Central, 23-32, and lost to Emmaus, 20-43.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ soccer team celebrated senior night with a 3-1 victory over Allen on Friday at Becahi.
Jacob Manhardt scored two goals for the Hawks and Nathan Estock scored one.
Trent Talipan and Daniel DeLuca were credited with assists.
Jackson Gilstrap made 13 saves for Becahi.
The Hawks also beat Dieruff last week, 7-4.
Estock had a hat trick against the Huskies. Jacob Sledz, Talipan, Manhardt, and Rece Martin also scored.
Assists were made by Gilstrap, Rafael SanJuan, DeLuca, Jordan Troxell, Peter Martinez, and Manhardt.
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.
Liberty’s girls’ soccer team wrapped up last week’s play with a 2-1 overtime victory over Bangor on Saturday.
Bangor struck first with a goal by Sarah Wilk on an assist by Morgan Karasek, and Liberty’s Kathryn Wescoe evened the score on an assist by Catherine Kelly at 7:35.
Both teams were scoreless in the second half, but midway through the first overtime, Kelly scored the game winner on an assist by Mia DelCorso.
Destiny Deschamps made 12 saves for the Hurricanes, and Alessia Smith made 16 saves for the Slaters.
Last week’s cross country meet was held at Lehigh Parkway where Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty competed against William Allen, Dieruff, and Parkland on Tuesday.
In both girls’ and boys’ team results, Parkland defeated all three Bethlehem teams, but the Bethlehem teams defeated Allen and Dieruff.
In girls’ individual results, Liberty’s Emily Jobes took first place in 20:07, Freedom’s Lauren Charboneau was second in 20:37, Liberty’s Belle Weikert came in fourth in 20:49, and Becahi’s Margaret Burke was fifth in 20:56.
If Liberty tennis coach Chris Conrad’s heart stopped a few times last Monday, it wouldn’t have been the first time, or the second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth time.
It was the seventh time that the Hurricanes found themselves in what ended as a 4-3 match and won it against Freedom last Monday at Liberty.
“It’s true!” said Conrad. “It’s up there in terms of I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a team go 4-3 in different spots. Everyone this year has played hero.
As Liberty won its first match against Bethlehem Catholic on Becahi’s home turf in August, the Hawks paid the Hurricanes back with a 3-1 victory last Friday at Liberty.
“They beat us on our home turf so it was really nice to get them on their home turf,” said Becahi forward Brooke Bisko, who scored her 96th career goal in the 76th minute.
The Hawks were down 1-0 at halftime after Kathryn Wescoe scored on an assist by Maryam Mohamed at 24:28.