Interlake, rain can’t stop Liberty boys soccer
April 16, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
On a cold, drizzly Friday night, the home stands at Interlake High School’s soccer stadium were nearly empty. The bleachers on the visitors’ side, however, were comparably lined with loyal Liberty soccer supporters, huddled in blankets, holding umbrellas and shouting, “Go blue.”
The Liberty fans did not fill the entire visiting section, but the supporters’ dedication on an April 12 game day, during spring break no less, showed that the Patriots’ boys soccer team is definitely worth rooting for.
Liberty easily gave them something to cheer for, soundly defeating Interlake, 4-0, to remain undefeated with a 9-0-1 record.
“It was a good game, but I don’t think it was our best,” Liberty coach Darren Tremblay said. “We have high expectations, so we always want to get better and better. I saw a lot of great things, but still some things to work on.”
Liberty forward Tyler Jensen put the Patriots on the board first, scoring the only goal the team would need in the 29th minute.
“I was really lucky that I made that since it was kind of a little cheeky chip,” he said with a smile.
The Patriots would put another point on the board just before the half with a Ryan Graham goal in the 34th minute. Tremblay said he was particularly pleased with Graham’s performance, given that he was forced into a different role, since a few of the team’s starters were out of town.
“Ryan Graham in the middle, he’s usually a defender, stepped up and played center-mid for us, which is out of position for him, and he did a great job,” Tremblay said.
Liberty would go on to score two more goals, when senior Josh Johnson found the net in the 65th and 75th minute.
Senior Nate Mak and sophomore Quinn Magendanz combined for the shutout.
It was yet another win for Liberty, which is ranked third in the state, according to Score Czar. Score Czar offers computer rankings based solely on numbers.
“Right now, it doesn’t mean much. It’s just a ranking,” Tremblay said. “We know we have a target on our back, but these guys have played consistent all year. We haven’t had a letdown game.”
The team currently sits atop the KingCo 2A/3A Conference rankings, with the only blemish a 1-1 tie against perennial state contender Mercer Island.
“We know everybody is going to be gunning for us, but we don’t think about it,” Jensen said. “We just move on and go to the next, taking it one game at a time.”
Liberty vs. Lake Washington
- 7:30 p.m. April 19
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