After playing to a 1-1 tie in the first half, something changed on the Patriots’ side and Freedom took a 2-1 victory over Liberty on Thursday night at BASD Stadium.
“The girls absolutely stepped it up in the second half,” said Patriot coach Bob Eaton. “We told them to play our game, play quick, play fast, get the ball up the field, creating chances. We were really aggressive tonight and did a really great job.”
Freedom forward Haley Gschrey scored the first goal of the game with 22:26 left in the first half.
Liberty goalkeeper Blake Koski was no worse for the wear by the time the Hurricanes defeated Freedom, 2-0, last Thursday night at BASD Stadium; he was, in fact, beaming.
“It’s unmatchable. You never see this kind of energy anywhere except for football games. You don’t see this in club. You’re playing for something in high school, and that makes it so much different,” Koski said.
Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s cross country teams wrapped up their regular season with a meet last Tuesday at Easton High School.
Liberty’s boys scored victories over Freedom, 17-40, Becahi, 15-50, and Northampton, 23-32, but lost to Easton, 33-23 and Nazareth, 31-26. Liberty’s girls scored victories over Freedom, 20-35, Becahi, 18-42, and Nazareth, 23-32, but lost to Easton, 34-23, and Northampton, 31-24.
The Freedom Patriots clinched the EPC tennis tournament championship last Wednesday at Freedom High School.
The Patriots had one gold medalist, five silver medalists, and two bronze medalists.
Freedom sophomore Tashanna Smith won gold at one singles after defeating Easton’s Elessa Jacobs, 10-2.
Natalie Sinai won silver at two singles after her match with Becahi’s Belen Blasco, won by Blasco, 10-7.
The Freedom Patriots were crowned District XI Class 3A Team Tennis champions, and Bethlehem Catholic was crowned District XI Class 2A Team Tennis champions on Oct. 12 at Lehigh University.
The District XI tournament began last Monday when the Patriots defeated Emmaus, 4-1. The Patriots then defeated Southern Lehigh, 4-1, the next day.
Taking on Parkland in the final, Freedom won, 3-1, leaving the two singles match between Natalie Sinai and Joanna Wu unfinished since the Patriots had already won.
Freedom and Liberty’s girls’ cross country teams scored victories over Whitehall and Allentown Central Catholic last Tuesday during the Hurricanes’ home meet at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Freedom’s Lauren Charboneau placed first in the girls race with a time of 19:03.
Liberty’s Greta Stuckey placed sixth with a time of 20:19, followed by teammates Belle Weikert in 20:21 and Grace Haas in 20:23. Emily Jobes came in 10th in 20:36, also for the Hurricanes.
Liberty’s boys’ cross country team edged out Emmaus, 27-28, last Tuesday during the Hurricanes’ home meet at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Darlyn Fermin and Cole Frank had a one-two finish with times of 16:09 and 16:37, respectively.
Emmaus scored the next two places, followed by Freedom’s Nick Bauer whose time was 16:55.
Liberty’s Ryan Wycherley was sixth with a time of 17:04, and teammates Paul Jensen placed 10th in 17:25, and Philip Bezas placed 11th in 17:31.
Sixteen saves for Bethlehem Catholic goalkeeper Caitlin Vogrins against Liberty last week held the Hurricanes as the Hawks won in double overtime, 3-2, at Becahi.
“It was brutal. Their shots were amazing, and it was hard to get set up and block them, but I found a way to do it,” Vogrins said. “When it went in the net, it was the best feeling in the world.”
Becahi forward Brooke Bisko saw to that, kicking the game winner with just a couple of minutes left in the second overtime.
Bisko scored earlier in the game for the Hawks on an assist by Teighan Boyle.
Bethlehem Catholic senior Brenna Magliochetti repeated as District XI Class 2A singles tennis champion last week and hopes to repeat as PIAA State Class 2A singles champ in early November.
Magliochetti defeated Notre Dame Green Pond’s Logan Lencheski, 6-1, 6-1 in the district final last Thursday at Lehigh University. Magliochetti and Lencheski played in last year’s district final also.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cross country teams are finding their way under new coach Nicole Chickey with new P.R.’s last week as they hosted Freedom, Liberty, Dieruff, Allen, and Parkland on Tuesday at Illick’s Mill.