Hazen, Liberty soccer teams get to state

May 18, 2015

NEW — 2:30 p.m. May 18, 2015

The Hazen High School boys soccer team is back in the state tournament, and boy, did they earn it.

The Highlanders endured three loser-out games in just five days to qualify for the 3A state playoffs, defeating Prairie, Capital and Shelton in the District 3/4 tournament.

“There is a lot of pressure playing one loser out game,” Hazen head coach Ken Matthews said in a news release. “Imagine what the guys have been going through playing three in five days. It wasn’t easy but they got to The Dance.”

Hazen earned a matchup against KingCo Conference foe Interlake in the first round of the state playoffs. They play the Saints 7:30 p.m. May 19 at Interlake High School. Read more

Liberty nets another draw with Mercer Island

May 1, 2013

By Greg Farrar Jake Ericksen (left), Liberty High School senior defender, and Mercer Island senior midfielder Jamie Lungmus share a collision, while trying to gain control of the ball from each other in the first period during a hard-fought 90 minutes of soccer which ended in a scoreless draw.

By Greg Farrar
Jake Ericksen (left), Liberty High School senior defender, and Mercer Island senior midfielder Jamie Lungmus share a collision, while trying to gain control of the ball from each other in the first period during a hard-fought 90 minutes of soccer which ended in a scoreless draw.

UPDATED: The Liberty High School boys soccer team clinched the KingCo title with a 2-1 victory against Mount Si on May 2.

Connor Noblat and Josh Johnson scored the two goals for the Patriots.

The win means that Liberty now goes directly to the state tournament, where it will host the No. 3 team from the WesCo 3A tournament at 7 p.m. May 15.

Liberty has had a dominant season so far, posting a 10-1-3 conference record. The team’s only loss this season was against Bellevue. Read more

Liberty soccer players sign with colleges

February 6, 2013

NEW — 4:55 p.m. Feb. 6, 2013

By Christina Corrales-ToyLiberty soccer players (from left) Nicolle Marlow, Kailiana Johnson, Katie Noonan and Kiana Hafferty sign their letters of intent to play collegiate soccer.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty soccer players (from left) Nicolle Marlow, Kailiana Johnson, Katie Noonan and Kiana Hafferty sign their letters of intent to play collegiate soccer.

Four members of the Liberty High School soccer team will continue their athletic pursuits in college. Read more

Hazen, Liberty athletes selected for all-league teams

November 8, 2012

UPDATED — 3:25 p.m. Nov. 16, 2012

As the fall sports season comes to a close, athletes from Hazen and Liberty high schools are being honored for their athletic achievements as all-league teams are announced. Players and coaches select all-league teams annually. Email additional all-league honors to newcastle@isspress.com.

Hazen boys tennis

The following Hazen High School tennis players were named to the Seamount League all-league team:

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Liberty boys soccer ends season with 2-1 loss

May 31, 2012

With a 2-1 loss to the Sammamish Totems, the Liberty High School’s boys soccer team ended its season in the first round of the KingCo 3A Tournament.

Sammamish’s Miguel Hernandez scored a goal off a Beau Blanchard assist in the 48th minute of the game, while Gio Sanchez added an unassisted goal in the 52nd minute to lead the Totems to the win over the Patriots.

Liberty’s Josh Johnson notched an unassisted goal in the 79th minute for the Patriots.

 

Liberty takes second at 3A state soccer championship game

December 1, 2011

After the Liberty High School girls soccer team dropped its first match of the season to the Skyline Spartans on Sept. 6, the Patriots made a commitment to themselves — and each other.

“We never wanted to feel that way again,” Liberty starting forward and co-captain Cassidy Nangle said.

Eighteen straight victories, including the 1-0 win against Eastside Catholic Nov. 18 to catapult Liberty into the 3A state championship game, brought the Patriots closer to their ultimate goal: a state title.

Kimi Fry (6), Liberty High School senior midfielder, battles Seattle Prep senior midfielder Sarah Schwaegler late during the second period Nov. 19 at Carl Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. By Greg Farrar

The Nov. 19 state championship at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup pitted experience against unfamiliarity as Liberty faced Seattle Prep, the defending state champions who have played in the title game five of the past six years.

It was Liberty’s first time in the final game in the school’s 34-year history.

After battling hard into the final seconds of the game, the Patriots fell to the Panthers, 3-2.

And although it was an emotional finish to end the season, especially for graduating seniors, Nangle said the experience of making it to the finals will have lasting implications for Liberty soccer.

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Liberty falls 3-2 to Seattle Prep, takes second at state

November 19, 2011

NEW — 6 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 Nov. 19 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.”

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Liberty girls soccer advances to state quaterfinals

November 9, 2011

NEW — 8:40 p.m., Nov. 9, 2011

With a 2-1 win over the Columbia River High School Chieftains, the Liberty Patriots advance to the quarterfinal match up in the state soccer tournament.

Liberty junior Kiana Hafferty gave the Patriots a quick 1-0 spark with an early goal in the first half.  Despite an aggressive pace set by the Chieftains throughout the first half, Liberty was able to maintain the 1-0 lead into halftime.

After Easton Kawawaki, a Chieftain sophomore, kicked a goal passed Patriot keeper Macaire Ament four minutes into the second half, Liberty senior and team co-captain Cassidy Nangle answered back with a game-winning goal for the Patriots.

“They’re a good team, I wouldn’t take that way from them at all,” Nagle said, “but with the heart on this team, we got it done.”

The Patriots will face their next opponents in the quarterfinals Nov. 12 at Liberty.

 

Liberty soccer clinches KingCo title, No. 1 seed in state playoffs

October 24, 2011

NEW — 7:05 p.m., Oct. 24, 2011

They’ve already wrapped up the KingCo Conference 3A/2A title Oct. 20 with a 5-3 victory against host Juanita.

They’ve already clinched the automatic No. 1 seed in the Class 3A state playoffs.

But make no mistake — the Liberty High School girls soccer team is still focused on the here and now.

“We’re not thinking about state yet,” Liberty junior Kailiana Johnson said. “We’ve been focusing on games coming up next week and then we’re going to focus on post-season during our off week and get prepared.”

The KingCo title is the second straight for the Patriots, who captured the league’s state 3A berth earlier in the week with a 3-0 win against Lake Washington.

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Liberty High School track and field athletes set records throughout April

May 6, 2011

Liberty High School’s track and field team set several new school records in April, overshadowing what was a mostly gloomy month for other spring sports.

Liberty’s baseball team went 4-8 in April, bringing its conference record to 3-8 and its overall record to 6-10.

The softball team went 4-5 in April, bringing its conference record to 5-6 and its overall record to 6-6. The boys soccer team went 2-5-1 for the month, bringing its conference record to 3-7-2 and its overall record to 4-8-2.

In track and field, junior Josh Gordon led the way, setting three personal records in the long jump, beginning with a 22-foot, 7-inch jump April 8 at the Arcadia Invitational just outside Pasadena, Calif. He followed up the performance with a 22-foot, 8.5-inch jump April at the Eason Invitational at Snohomish High School, and a monstrous 23-foot, 7.5-inch jump at the Viking Relays April 23 at Curtis High School in University Place.

The latter was the longest jump recorded by a 3A athlete in the state this year.

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