Liberty girls soccer beat Liberty North in 2OT

Liberty junior Talia Lambing kicks the ball during a girls soccer game Monday, April 12 at Liberty High School.

LIBERTY — Liberty girls soccer evened the score in the Crosstown Showdown with a win over Liberty North.

The Blue Jays broke a 1-all stalemate with a goal in the second overtime against the Eagles Tuesday, April 20 at Liberty High School. Liberty senior Ellie Rogers picked the ball off from a Liberty North player near midfield and found senior Maya Gaona on a pass through traffic.

Gaona sprinted down the middle of the field before angling left around a defender to take a 20-yard shot across her body. The Eagles goalkeeper got a hand on the ball but couldn’t stop it from bouncing into the net for the Blue Jays’ win.

The Eagles trailed 1-0 for most of the game after Liberty sophomore Ally Shultz scored a goal from distance in the first 10 minutes of action. Eagles freshman Lauren Wood matched that long-range ability with her goal early in the second half.

Both defenses kept a lid on things from there until Gaona’s golden goal in the second OT.

Liberty got revenge after losing the first matchup in this year’s rivalry with a 2-1 loss on March 29. The team’s could have a chance for a rubber match when the district playoffs roll around in mid-May.

Liberty (7-6) will face Raymore-Peculiar 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22 at Liberty High School. Liberty North (8-2) will face Park Hill 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22 at Liberty North High School, looking to break the team’s losing streak after the Eagle’s lost in double overtime to Lee’s Summit West on April 15.

Sports Writer Mac Moore can be reached at 389-6643 or mac.moore@mycouriertribune.com.

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