Liberty wins second straight KingCo title

May 13, 2014

By Sam Kenyon

By Greg Farrar Tyler Jensen (16), Liberty High School junior forward, dashes to the sideline with a grin in the second period as teammates Leoul Hancock (14), Colton Ronk and Antonio Lago (3) help celebrate the first of his two goals May 6 in a 2-0 win against Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Jensen (16), Liberty High School junior forward, dashes to the sideline with a grin in the second period as teammates Leoul Hancock (14), Colton Ronk and Antonio Lago (3) help celebrate the first of his two goals May 6 in a 2-0 win against Mount Si.

The Liberty High School Patriots celebrated their senior night with the KingCo title after playing the Mount Si Wildcats. The Patriots’ 2-0 victory May 6 gave the team its second year in a row as season champions.

The final soccer match of the season for the Patriots showcased the scoring talent of junior Tyler Jensen.

“We played one of our best games of the year,” head coach Darren Tremblay said.

The team stonewalled the Wildcat attack, preventing Mount Si from scoring despite multiple attempts. The senior night crowd had the stadium buzzing throughout the match. The hum of the crowd fed into the mood of the players on the field.

“It seemed like we maintained that the entire game,” Tremblay said. “We had that energy.”

The match was scoreless in the first half as the two teams traded possession time and attacks at the opposing goal. In the second half, the game got more physical as one Mount Si’s Connor Williams was left reeling on the ground after a hard hit.

With 23 minutes left in the half, Jensen scored his first goal off a corner kick.

“Tyler’s unbelievable,” Tremblay said of one of the team’s offensive threats.

The crowd went wild after the goal and the energy on the field intensified. The Liberty defense held strong, despite increased attacks from the Wildcats. The physical escalation continued when Mount Si defender Colton Oord was given a yellow card for a vicious slide tackle.

With 12 minutes left, Liberty broke the game open with a killer goal from Jensen. The junior put in his second goal off a beautiful shot from straight on, about 20 yards from the net. The ball floated just above and beyond the reach of the Mount Si goalkeeper as it fell into the net behind him. The senior night crowd enthusiastically cheered for the goal that appeared to put the game beyond the reach of the Wildcats.

Despite a desperate attempt to even the game, Liberty held off the following attacks from Mount Si to win the game, and the No. 1 seed.

According to Tremblay, the team expected to celebrate the win before moving on from their achievement and looking ahead, starting the very next day. The team hopes to make it to state.

“The big games are coming up,” Tremblay said. “We want to get back to state. We felt like we had one of the best teams in the state last year.”

The Patriots opened KingCo tournament play with a 1-0 win over Interlake on May 10. They squared off against Mercer Island for the KingCo tournament title May 13, but the results were not available at press time.

If Liberty defeated the Islanders, they would head to state as District 2’s No. 1 seed. If the Patriots lost, they would play Interlake or Mount Si on May 15 at a site to be determined. The winner of that game must then defeat a Metro League team May 17 to advance to state.

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