LIBERTY — On Wednesday Sept. 4 the Liberty soccer team opened up their season with a home matchup against the Sayre Redskins. After an up and down season last year, the Liberty team looks to improve on their 7-9 season and try and make the playoffs with their current squad.
The game started off rocky, within the first minute of the game, the Redskins moved down the field and scored a quick goal, bringing the score to 1-0 to start. It seemed as though that one early goal was the gut check Liberty needed, because from there on out, they dominated the game.
Minutes later, Jackson Brion scored on an unassisted goal to tie up the game at one a piece. A little later, Jackson scored his second goal of the game and Liberty took their first lead of the season. Liberty scored two more goals in the half, one by Cadian Alexander and another by Taylor Nelson to bring the score to 4-1 at the half-way mark.
Coming into the second half of play, Liberty continued to dominate on both sides of the ball, being aggressive on defense and pushing the ball on offense. Liberty’s defense was swarming, rarely allowing Sayre to make any pushes down field.
In the opening minutes of the second half Ascored another two goals, which capped off a season opening hat trick for the sophomore. Jackson also scored a second goal minutes later, giving Liberty a commanding 7-1 lead with 30 minutes left to play.
Two late goals were added by Liberty by freshman Derek Litzelman sophomore Sam Baumgartner to eventually bring the score to it’s final count of 9-1. Keeper Jayden Good was rock solid throughout the evening, and after allowing the first goal of the night, Good didn’t allow anything else past him, with seven keeper saves on the night.
Libery used their aggressive offense to give them a heavy advantage, having 30 shots on goal compared to Sayre having only eight. It also shows the defensive prowess of this team to pressure the Sayre team to a point where they struggled to get close to the goal at all, let alone get a shot off.
The Liberty team dominated in corner kicks as well, with eight to Sayres’ one helping them to control the ball and pace of the game.
Liberty will look to continue their strong play when they take on North East Bradford this Thursday Sept. 12.