As spectators saw that time was winding down in the District XI girls soccer semifinal between Freedom and Northampton, the Patriots saw the time that was left to tie the game.
“I don’t think I was getting concerned because we’ve come so far this year and had we lost, I would have been disappointed for the girls because they’ve worked so hard and it’s right there in front of us,” said Patriot coach Bob Eaton.
Hannah Werkheiser had put the K-Kids ahead, 1-0, on a header with 4:48 left in the first half, but now, the second half was ticking away into single-digit minutes.
Liberty distance runner Cole Frank knew the obstacles that lay ahead at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, so expecting a muddy course, he adjusted as best he could and came home with an 18th place state medal from Hershey.
“There was mud at the bottom of almost every hill because of the bad rain Thursday night, so I watched my footing but there’s nothing you can do,” Frank said.
Frank also was delegated to Box 2, the very edge of the starting line.
Liberty distance runner Emily Jobes won a 13th place medal at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Hershey, Pa.
“I was really excited. At the beginning of the season, I didn’t imagine winning a medal at states,” Jobes said.
Initially, Jobes thought she had finished in a higher-number place until her coaches Erin Matyus and Trevor (Van Ackeren) Conde told her she was 13th in the state. Jobes also became the fifth Lady Hurricane to win a state medal since 2002.
Jobes was in Box 39 at the starting line, an outside position that she happens to like.
Freedom forward Katie Flynn held on to the District XI girls’ soccer championship trophy like it was gold, but the gold was hanging around her neck, placed there by Coach Bob Eaton after the Patriots defeated Nazareth, 3-1, in the Class 4A final on Saturday night at Emmaus High School.
“It means a lot and we just brought it all together. It’s post season, we’re a whole new team, and we’ve been on a streak,” Flynn said. “I told them at halftime this is not over. We have to go out and bring it 10 times harder than we played the first half.”
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.
Liberty junior Emily Jobes was crowned the EPC girls cross country champion after finishing her race with a time of 19:14 at the EPC Cross Country Championships last Tuesday at DeSales University.
“I was very excited because I worked really hard and to see how far I’ve come,” said Jobes. “It was exciting to see my coaches and teammates [at the finish], and representing Liberty.”
Jobes began the race conservatively, staying with the pack during the first mile.
Liberty junior Cole Frank was crowned the EPC boys cross country champion after finishing his race with a time of 16:08 at the EPC Cross Country Championships last Tuesday at DeSales University.
“It was a good feeling,” said Frank. “I was happy for a bit, but now I’m focused on districts.”
Frank’s biggest competition came from Easton’s Marco Cardone of whom Frank was well aware for all 16 minutes.
“Cardone was really strong. He was really pushing me the whole race,” Frank said.
Cardone placed second with a time of 16:19.
Freedom’s girls’ soccer team has completed one of its best seasons this year and is competing in the EPC playoffs as the sixth seed in the tournament that will conclude on Thursday.
The Patriots topped off their regular season with a 2-0 victory over Liberty last Tuesday at Freedom. It was the second time this season the Pates defeated their city rival.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ soccer team ended its season with a 6-1 victory over Catasauqua last Wednesday at Catty after losing to Easton, 3-1, last Tuesday.
“I think they really keep the ball spread out and that’s always difficult,” said freshman defender Emily Pepe after the Easton game. “They have that one really good girl, so she’s really fast which we’re not used to but I think we handled them pretty well.”
Becahi coach Angelo Amato said that Pepe has never been subbed out of a game this year.
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.