In their first meeting of the girls’ soccer season, the Liberty Hurricanes won on Freedom’s turf last Tuesday when Merve Okumus scored the only goal of the game six minutes into the second half.
Going into their tennis match against Freedom last week, Bethlehem Catholic was still undefeated, having most recently defeated Liberty, 7-0, last Tuesday.
Led by number one singles player Brenna Magliochetti, the Hawks were 12-0 on the season, but their match against the Patriots was left hanging as darkness fell last Thursday.
Becahi’s singles players fared well against the Hurricanes, as Magliochetti won her match, 6-0, 6-0, Belen Blasco won at two singles, 6-0, 6-1, and Jess Marks won at three singles, 6-0, 6-0.
Liberty’s Darlyn Fermin and Stroudsburg’s Zach Landvik-Lanson may have been the only two runners happy with their race at last Wednesday’s cross country meet in Stroudsburg.
That’s because the quantity and quality of mud puddles on the Mounties’ course were numerous and deep.
“I got a good start,” said Fermin, who placed second in 17:35. “We always pre-run before a meet, so we knew where the muddy spots were at. I just tried to stay out of the mud as much as possible.”
Liberty’s girls’ tennis team fought through three three-set matches and four tiebreaks, but Emmaus prevailed over the Hurricanes, 5-2, on Saturday at Liberty.
Freedom’s tennis match against Bethlehem Catholic will be continued this Wednesday after darkness began to fall on the third set of the two singles match between Natalie Sinai and Belen Blasco last week at Freedom.
“I knew Beca was going to be strong, and we kept talking about it because it seemed like we were on such a role, and I said we have to realize Beca is undefeated, and they’re playing really well,” Sinai said. “Yesterday at practice Coach [Mark Sigmon] was like, it’s the biggest match of the year.”
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of mud stayed Grace Haas from the swift completion of her appointed race, as she gladly left her running shoes behind to clinch a fifth place finish (first for the Hurricane girls) in last Wednesday’s cross country meet at Stroudsburg.
“I decided I wasn’t going to move for the mud puddles; the mud puddles were going to have to go through me, so I ran straight through every mud puddle,” Haas said. “I tried to pick up my feet more quickly so that my shoes wouldn’t get sucked off which worked until the end when I got my shoes sucked off.”
Freedom sophomore Lauren Charboneau ran away with first place by more than one minute in this week’s cross country meet with Liberty, Bethlehem Catholic, Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain West, and Pocono Mountain East last Tuesday at Freedom.
Charboneau’s time was 20.03.
Liberty’s Belle Weikert came in second with a time of 21:08, followed by teammates, Emily Jobes, 21:10, Grace Haas, 21:11, and Greta Stuckey, 21:36.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Marcella Benwellos was sixth in 22:11, and Freedom’s Cailin Connelly placed 10th in 22:57.
Freedom and Whitehall’s girls’ soccer game was a back-and-forth match resulting in a 4-3 overtime win for the Zephyrs last week at Freedom.
Katie Flynn scored first for the Patriots on an assist by Haley Gschrey, and Hope Millets scored next for the Zephyrs on an assist by Cassie Due.
Gschrey was able to put Freedom ahead by halftime with her goal on an assist by Doris Muncan.
“We had to come out with more energy than they did [after halftime] and needed to put another ball in the net to secure our lead,” said Flynn.
Liberty freshman Lindsey Heffernan came off the bench and scored the Hurricanes’ winning goal in its 1-0 victory over Allentown Central Catholic on Saturday at Liberty.
“It was nice,” said Heffernan. “The goalie hit it instead of catching it and I just kicked it in. I was pretty focused [afterward] because I knew if we let another goal go in, then it didn’t matter at all.”
Throughout the second half, Liberty coach Scott Rodenbach took opportunities to encourage the Hurricanes to do exactly what Heffernan, on an assist by Kathryn Wescoe, had done.
Freedom midfielders Benjamin Reich and Bryan Mora put the Patriots in good position by scoring a goal apiece in the first half of their game against Easton, but the Red Rovers’ Hunter Radowitch scored two goals of his own, and the game ended in a 2-2 tie after double overtime last Tuesday at Freedom.
“I think we could have done better,” said Mora. “I think that’s the reason why we let it go is because of [feeling too secure]. Our coach said we have to step to every ball first. We’ve got to come out hard.”