Extreme weather changes during Liberty’s tennis match against Pleasant Valley threatened the outcome, but the Hurricanes were able to hang on and pull out a 4-2 victory over the Bears last week at Liberty.
“The tornado,” Sophia Carpenter laughed, “you would hit the ball, and it would start moving.”
Carpenter and three doubles partner Regan Gunn won their match after winning the first set easily, 6-1, losing the second set, 6-7, and winning the third, 10-5.
Salem Hatungimana’s goal for Liberty in double overtime broke a 1-1 tie to lift the Hurricanes over Easton last week at Liberty.
“It felt amazing,” Hatungimana said. “I had to bring it to my right foot and curve it in with my right foot. If I would have used my left, I would have missed.”
The Red Rovers just missed scoring in the first overtime when Hurricane goalkeeper Blake Koski made a save off the top of his fingers.
While weather conditions in Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ soccer scorebook said HOTTT last Tuesday, the Hawks plowed through to defeat Dieruff, 5-1.
Brooke Bisko scored the first three goals of the game, all in the first half.
“Emma Carreras fed the ball into me all three times. They were awesome balls and it was a good way to start the game,” Bisko said.
Kelby McNally scored next for the Hawks, also in the first half, and Dieruff’s Alana Gomez made the score 4-1 at halftime.
Betina Carasquilla and Megan Shiffert were in goal for the Hawks
Liberty’s boys’ soccer season-opener against Bethlehem Catholic ended in a 4-1 victory for the Hurricanes on Saturday at Becahi.
Freedom also won its season opener, 12-0, against Dieruff on Saturday at Freedom.
The Patriots scored nine goals in the first half.
Derek Bast had the shutout for Freedom.
Bradley Turocy scored three goals, Benjamin Reich, Jared Whitehorn, and Sebastian Garces scored two goals apiece, and Michael Gschrey, Tye Roemersma and Ryan Raffino scored one goal each.
Alicia Chambers sealed the deal for the Hurricanes on a header with 2:53 left in Liberty’s 3-1 victory over Bethlehem Catholic on Saturday at Liberty.
“I just happened to be there,” said Chambers, after a cross from Kathryn Wescoe. “Early in the game, I had other opportunities to head it. That one was more like perfect timing.”
Becahi pulled to within one goal on a free kick by Emma Carreras with 14:34 remaining in the game.
Too close for comfort, the Hurricanes knew they had to score again.
Liberty’s boys’ cross country team took first place out of 21 teams at the Lions Invitational last Friday at Moravian Academy.
Darlyn Fermin was the first Hurricane to finish for Liberty, coming in sixth with a time of 17:23.44, followed by Cole Frank who placed eighth in 17:28.05, and Ryan Wycherley who placed 10th in 17:44.01.
Philip Bezas was 27th in 18:24.44, Paul Jensen was 31st in 18:28.02, Casey Frank was 43rd in 18:49.88, and Sam Graybeal was 57th in 19:15.15.
Freedom’s boys’ cross country team placed ninth.
Liberty’s girls’ tennis team recovered from a 3-4 loss to Stroudsburg last Tuesday and defeated Pocono Mountain East, 6-1, last Thursday.
The Hurricanes’ match against Stroudsburg lasted five hours.
At one singles, Paige Simons won her match, 6-3, 7-6, but Angie Ronca lost at two singles, 0-6, 1-6, and Julia Zheng lost at three singles, 6-7, 6-7.
In doubles play, Braden Drake and Margeaux Donchez won their match, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, at two doubles, and Reagan Gunn and Sophia Carpenter won at three doubles, 6-4, 6-4.
Bethlehem Catholic’s tennis team won six straight matches to start its 2018 season, defeating Emmaus, Whitehall, Nazareth, Allentown Central Catholic, and East Stroudsburg North, and Stroudsburg.
The Hawks’ closest matches were 4-3 victories over Stroudsburg on Aug. 30 and Nazareth on Aug. 23.
In Becahi’s match with Stroudsburg, Brenna Magliochetti won at one singles, 6-0, 6-3, but Stroudsburg’s two and three singles players one their matches, defeating Taylor Adams, 6-2, 7-5, and Tori Tennyson, 6-0, 6-0.
Liberty’s tennis team opened its season with a 6-1 victory over Whitehall on Monday.
Paige Simons won in three sets at one singles, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, and Julia Zheng won at three singles, 6-4, 6-4 for the Hurricanes.
At two singles, Angie Ronca lost to Noel Yacoub, 2-6, 2-6.
Margeaux Donchez and Braden Drake won at two doubles, 6-4, 6-3. At three doubles, Regan Gunn and Sophie Carpenter won 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, and at four doubles, Gabriella Palermo and Shivani Patel won their match, 6-0, 6-4.
Southern Lehigh sophomore Alec DiCesare broke away from three Liberty runners to win the season’s first cross country scrimmage for Liberty, Freedom, Whitehall, and Southern Lehigh last Thursday at Freedom.
“It feels amazing. This is my first high school win. Even though it’s a scrimmage, it still feels great,” DiCesare said.
DiCesare finished the race in 17:31.
Liberty’s Darlyn Fermin placed second in 17:46, and Liberty’s Cole Frank was third in 18:03.