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.
Bethlehem Catholic hosted last week’s cross country meet at Illick’s Mill where the Hawks competed against Freedom, Liberty, Easton, Northampton, and Nazareth to end the regular season last Tuesday.
Freedom’s boys’ team edged out Northampton, 27-28, and defeated Becahi, 18-41.
Liberty defeated Northampton, 21-37, and Freedom, 25-34.
Easton’s Marco Cardone won the boys’ race with a time of 15:47.
Liberty’s Cole Frank was second in 15:52.
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.