Liberty falls to Seattle Prep, takes second at state

November 19, 2011

By Christina Lords

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Nov. 19, 2011

Battling into the last seconds of the game, the Liberty High School Patriots were defeated by the Seattle Prep Panthers 3-2 in the 3A state soccer championship game Saturday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

After Liberty junior Kiana Hafferty found the back of the net with an assisted goal from senior Cassidy Nangle only two minutes into the game, sophomore Kali Youngdahl slipped a goal by Panthers goal keeper Abby Rockwell. Kimi Fry assisted the goal six minutes into the game.

Liberty coach Jamie Giger said being up 2-0 is often the one of the most difficult places to be in a competitive game.

“You feel comfortable,” she said. “You feel that you have the game…that’s just the way it goes. They came back. Give it to them, they played really hard when they were down.”

Seattle Prep senior Sarah Schwaegler kicked a goal 21 minutes into the first half to bring the score to 2-1. The Panthers added two unanswered goals to the board, sealing the state-championship win.

Giger said she knew the Patriots had the potential to make it to the championships early on in the season.

“The first day we were at practice, I looked at these kids and I knew we had the talent to do it,” Giger said. “It was just them if they could believe in themselves. I think throughout the season, talent wise we were already really good, but I think where we grew was believing in ourselves.”

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