2019 BFF BOWL is All Knotted Up At the Midway Point!

Freedom and Liberty split games on September 19th. Both games were highly competitive and write-ups for each match are below. Huge thanks to Katie McDonald and the Bethlehem Press for sharing their coverage! Freedom has won the previous 2 BFF Bowls and is going for a 3rd straight. Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic Boys and Girls play tonight as we enter the home stretch of the soccer regular season. It looks like one way or another Liberty at Freedom on October 8th will decide where the highly coveted BFF Bowl resides for the next year!


Liberty boys knock off Freedom in soccer

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

In the 92nd minute of the Liberty-Freedom boys’ soccer game last week, Liberty midfielder Chris Schray’s first thought after scoring the game-winning goal was “Where should I go?”

His Hurricane teammates took care of that as they swarmed Schray after their 1-0 victory over the Patriots in double overtime last Thursday at Liberty.

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“[Freedom was] really pushing and really attacking, so I knew we were not going to get many chances, and I knew we needed to capitalize on the chance we get,” said Schray. “Bryce [Nunes] had a great pass to me that allowed me to beat the defender for a time and I just saw the goal wide open.”

Patriot pressure was most evident from the beginning of the second half and on.

“I’m not gonna’ lie, it was pretty stressful, but Liberty-Freedom game is always one team on the back foot, one team on the front foot, back and forth,” said Liberty goalkeeper Blake Koski.

Freedom missed two scoring chances with Koski on the ground and another that Koski batted away.

“I made a few mistakes back there but luckily I have wonderful teammates around me to help me out- Max Molloy, Jordan Jupina, Riley Burke, and Chris Matz,” said Koski. “They were all extremely solid tonight. Clean sheet goes to them. I think we were very, very solid, defensively.”

Momentum shifted to Liberty with 15:00 left in the second half, and then back to Freedom seven minutes later.

“I don’t mind oppositions keeping possession because possession doesn’t win games, so as long as we can be stout defensively and be clinical on counterattacks, we will do well,” said Liberty coach Ian Larimer.

Hurricane forward Hatungimana Salem re-entered the game shortly before regulation ended and gained possession but time ran out before he was able to get a shot off.

“We have steadily continued the theme of defending well, but we need to be more clinical in the final third,” said Larimer. “Too often we leave chances on the table, too many opportunities in front of goal, and we cannot squander them. We do not concede goals. That is our objective and it seems to pay off.”

Freedom bounced back from the loss with a 3-0 victory over Pleasant Valley on Monday.

Nathanael Rivera, Sebastian Ramirez, and Tye Roemersma had goals for the Pates on assists by Daniel Ramirez, Peter McGibbon, and Taher Kitabwalia.

Matthew Thomsen made seven saves.


Freedom girls top LHS

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Haley Gschrey’s penalty kick put Freedom on the scoreboard first and that’s where they stayed clinching a 2-0 victory over city rival Liberty last Thursday at Liberty.“There was a handball in the box, and I put it to the right bottom corner. The keeper almost had it, though,” said Gschrey.

Leading 1-0 at the half, the Pates came back with more attack, signaling the Hurricane defense to step up the pressure.“It happens every game that usually someone’s just on me, so I have to play my game and keep focusing on where the player is and who to play on and off of,” Gschrey said.

“Our attack was better [in the second half]. We had most of the possession.”

The last five minutes, however, was all Hurricanes for the most part, when they had an opportunity on a corner, but with 35 seconds left in regulation, it was Gschrey who scored again.“My coach screamed at me to take it to the corner, but I wanted one more because I was having a rough game so I tried dribbling through everyone and I shot,” Gschrey said. “It was really crazy because all the Liberty fans were screaming so a lot of pressure.”

Prior to Gschrey’s second goal, it was all Freedom could do to protect their narrow lead.“As soon as we got into our groove, we had control and we knew we could do it. We were playing too much in the middle, so we decided to try to go out to the sides more because we have fast girls on the sides so we figured if we set balls up we could get them,” said Patriot holding mid Lily Judge. “It’s awesome. It feels so intense but our girls work really well as a unit.”