Liberty Patriots continue hot streak, blank Mount Si Wildcats

October 11, 2011

By Christina Lords

Two quick goals by Shannon Daly set pace for game

r Kimi Fry, Liberty High School senior midfielder, and Leah Corra, Mount Si High School sophomore defender, battle each other after the ball during the second period of their Oct. 6 soccer match. By Greg Farra

The Liberty High School girls soccer team has only dropped one game — its first — all season.

Since then, the Patriots have responded with nine straight victories. Liberty kept its streak alive Oct. 6 with a 3-0 victory against the Mount Si Wildcats. After beating Mount Si, first-year Patriots coach Jamie Giger had a message for her 9-1 team.

“It’s the second half of our season, and we knew we’ve already seen everybody once,” she said. “I told the girls we have an X on our back now. Everyone is going to be gunning for us.”

Shannon Daly, a senior who usually plays at the outside forward position, scored her first goal off of a corner kick only three minutes into the game.

Seven minutes later, Daly again found the back of the net on an unassisted goal, bringing the score to 2-0 at the half.

After limited playing time due to injury, the goals were Daly’s first of the season.

“It was kind of fun for me because I haven’t played center midfield in a really long time,” she said. “Our main girl who plays central … she couldn’t play today so Jamie asked me how I would feel about that. It feels great. There’s nothing better than scoring. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

Kimi Fry slipped an additional goal through the fingertips of Mount Si senior keeper Sophia Rockow in the final minute of the game.

Fry has three goals and five assists in the season.

It was the fifth shutout of the season for Liberty keeper Macaire Ament.

“Mount Si we know is always going to be a hard, very physical team,” Daly said. “We kept our heads, and the scoreboard says it all. Last year, we had a very good year, and we’ve continued to build on that.”

Mount Si coach Darren Brown said the two quick goals were momentum changers for the young Wildcats team.

“We kind of hurt ourselves by giving up two easy goals,” he said. “We shot ourselves in the foot right out of the gates, which is something we didn’t really prep for. If you take away those two, we would have been in it.”

Liberty also won 3-0 in its first matchup with Mount Si on Sept. 13.

Giger said the Patriots cannot afford to get complacent and must push themselves in the second half of the season to finish strong.

“Our goal as a team is to get better every single game,” Giger said. “Every single time we step on the field … tonight these girls knew, yes, we’ve beat this team before, but there’s a lot of things that we do at practice that we knew we have to get better at. We did that tonight.”

With the victory, Liberty went to 8-0 in KingCo Conference 3A/2A and has 24 points. The Patriots lead second-place Interlake by five points.

Patriots top Saints

Cassidy Nangle had a goal and an assist Oct. 4 as she led Liberty to a 3-1 victory against host Interlake in a battle for first place in the KingCo 3A/2A.

The teams entered the game tied for first place. The Patriots handed Interlake its first loss of the season. The Saints had won eight straight games entering the contest with Liberty.

Liberty struck early against Interlake when Nangle, assisted by Kailiana Johnson, scored at the 13th minute. Kiana Hafferty, assisted by Nangle, boosted Liberty’s lead to 2-0 seven minutes later. Kali Youngdahl, assisted by Johnson, wrapped up the first-half scoring with a goal at the 33rd minute.

The three goals were the most given up by Interlake this season. The Saints had outscored opponents 33-5 entering the game, and only twice had given up two goals in a game.

Liberty, however, entered with the league’s toughest defense. The Patriots had allowed just three goals all season prior to the game.

Liberty and Interlake meet again Oct. 27 at Liberty.

Christina Lords: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcastle@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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