Liberty nets another draw with Mercer Island
April 30, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
The Liberty High School boys soccer team has gone toe to toe with Mercer Island twice this season, both games resulting in draws.
It’s an admirable feat against an Islander team that placed second at state last year, but that has little bearing on the league-leading Patriots’ minds as they prepare to wrap up the regular season.
“We’re hoping it’s our year,” Liberty coach Darren Tremblay said after the Patriots’ earned a scoreless draw against Mercer Island April 26.
As the Liberty players left the Mercer Island field with nothing but zeroes on the scoreboard, their faces carried a marked look of disappointment after an intense, hard-fought 90 minutes of play, including overtime.
“We’re frustrated because we feel like we were the better team,” Tremblay said. “We had a lot of shots, a lot of opportunities, but everything we hit went right to their keeper. Give him credit, though. He’s good, and we knew that.”
Mercer Island senior keeper Sam Miller put together a dominant performance against the Patriots, making several impressive saves to thwart Liberty’s offensive attack.
Liberty goalkeeper Nate Mak was credited with the shutout.
It was a particularly physical game between the two conference foes. The official issued at least three yellow cards, and Liberty’s senior captain Jared Bales was nursing an injury at the end of the game.
“I thought the referee let it get too physical and get a little bit borderline out of control,” Tremblay said. “The safety of the kids, that’s their first priority, and their coach agreed that it just got a little bit ugly.”
Despite the tie, the Patriots are still where they need to be in the league standings as the final week of the regular season gets under way. At press time, Liberty sat atop the KingCo 3A/2A Conference with an 11-0-3 record.
Just two games remain for Liberty, including a season finale against Mount Si, the team that sits just a game behind them in the standings.
It’s likely that the KingCo 3A/2A champion will be determined May 2, when Liberty travels to Snoqualmie, depending on how the two teams play against their remaining competitors. The Patriots played Bellevue April 30, while Mount Si played Mercer Island, but the results were not available at press time.
“We want to try and wrap things up before we travel to Mount Si,” Tremblay said. “We don’t want to be just a game up heading to their place, on their senior night, because that could be tough. That place is tough to play in.”
Liberty vs. Mount Si
♦7:30 p.m. May 2
♦Mount Si High School