Liberty junior Darlyn Fermin won a fifth place medal after competing in the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships last Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Course at Illick’s Mill.
Fermin finished the race with a time of 17:06.
“The first mile was like 5:05. That was my pace, but it was too fast,” Fermin said. “Somebody passed me, a Stroudsburg kid. He beat me last time, so then I had to beat him. I was happy.”
Fermin’s teammate, Cole Frank, placed 15th in 17:28.
Freedom’s EPC championship run ended last Tuesday when Parkland defeated the Patriots in boys’ soccer, 2-1, at J Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
“We have to let it go,” said Freedom coach Matt Reightler. “It was one game. It was a tough loss. Pretty much every loss we’ve had this year has been by one goal.
Andie Graney, Doris Muncan, and Haley Gschrey combined for four goals in Freedom’s 4-1 soccer victory over Bethlehem Catholic last Tuesday at Freedom.
“I was super pumped this game because it’s my senior night and I came out pretty aggressive,” Graney said. “The goalie was going to grab it and I kind of ran through the ball and got a left foot.”
Muncan added another goal to make the score 2-0 by halftime, but the Patriots knew they would need to do more.
Freedom’s boys’ soccer team won its East Penn Conference quarterfinal playoff game 2-0 against Pleasant Valley on Saturday night at Freedom High School.
“We played them in summer league, so we kind of knew some of the players they had. We knew they had 11 wins going in, so we knew they were a solid team,” said Freedom defender Andrew Youwakim, who scored the Patriots’ second goal on a header with 16:27 left in the game. “ It was by the penalty spot and I had to adjust a little bit and just put my head on it and it went behind the keeper.”
Liberty’s girls’ cross country team scored victories over Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic, Northampton, and Nazareth, and lost only to Easton last Tuesday at Freedom High School.
Liberty sophomore Belle Weikert won the girls’ race with a time of 19:45. Grace Haas came in 10th in 20:38, Greta Stuckey placed 13th in 20:50, and Rachel Byrne finished 17th in 21:15.
Although it was the Hurricanes’ home meet, the venue was moved to Freedom due to poor field conditions at the Illick’s Mill Course.
Almost a month to the day since Freedom and Liberty last came face to face, the Patriots clinched a 1-0 victory over the Hurricanes and an EPC Steel Division soccer championship last Thursday night, Freedom’s senior night, at Freedom High School.
“Since we lost to them last time, we’ve been angry about that since September 11th. We just wanted that back,” said Patriot midfielder Jared Whitehorn, who scored the only goal of the game approximately 15 minutes into the first half.
Brad Turocy had the assist.
Liberty hosted the final regular season cross country meet last Tuesday when the Hurricane boys defeated Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic, and Northampton, and lost to Easton and Nazareth.
Liberty’s Darlyn Fermin placed third with a time of 17:08. Cole Frank was 10th in 17:35, Casey Frank placed 15th in 18:12, Paul Jensen came in 16th in 18:14, and Ryan Wycherley finished 24th in 18:28.
“It’s kind of hot today, but I just try to run my own pace,” said Fermin. “Go out first, started leading a little bit, then go in second.”
Freedom forward Katie Flynn knew the last thing she wanted was to bear the consequences of missing a goal in the final minute of the Patriots’ rivalry match against Liberty last Thursday at Freedom.
“It was a little stressful because I usually put it over but we always work as a team, and I was open on the left side. I was like, if I put this over I’m going to get yelled at so I better put this in,” Flynn said. “We just knew that that’s our rival. We’ve got to win.”
Flynn broke a 1-1 tie with 1:08 remaining in the game, and the Patriots did indeed win 2-1.
Things did not sit well with Liberty’s girls’ soccer team when they were defeated by Bethlehem Catholic earlier this season.
“Since they beat us the first time, we were not going to let them beat us again,” said Liberty co-captain Jess DelCorso.
This time, the Hurricanes won 5-2 last Wednesday night, and even that three goal lead was just a little too close for Liberty coach Scott Rodenbach.
Freedom High School’s number one singles tennis player Natalie Sinai worked her way through five matches to earn the silver medal at the District XI Class 3A singles tennis final last Thursday at Winning Touch in Allentown.
Sinai faced Easton’s Elessa Jacobs who won in two sets 6-0, 6-1 in the championship match.
Sinai had previously defeated Easton’s Kaitlin Grogg 6-0, 6-2, Liberty’s Paige Simons by default, Easton’s Hiu Yink Kwok 6-2, 6-4, and Pottsville’s Michala Zembas 6-0, 6-0.