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FHS girls beat LHS

Freedom’s girls’ soccer team has completed one of its best seasons this year and is competing in the EPC playoffs as the sixth seed in the tournament that will conclude on Thursday.

The Patriots topped off their regular season with a 2-0 victory over Liberty last Tuesday at Freedom. It was the second time this season the Pates defeated their city rival.

“Always important to get on the board first. Of course, against Liberty we want to get on the board first and we want to put it away,” said Freedom senior Katie Flynn, who scored the first goal of the night. “It was a deflection and I saw the open space and hit the shot in.”

Patriot sophomore Natalia Triscari scored the second goal with 13:18 left in the game, and Megan Raffino was the winning keeper.

“It’s a lot of nervous energy because I’m playing against a lot of my friends, so knowing all of them and knowing how they play, it’s kind of a rush of anxiety,” Raffino said. “We do communicate a lot [on defense], especially when we have set pieces because that takes the most out of us. The one play where I charged out was really close to going under my leg but I got to it.”

The Patriots’ conference record is 12-4 under head coach Bob Eaton, in his sixth season.

“We had a really good season,” Eaton said. “There were a couple games where we were disappointed in the results but overall, we had a really good season. We like to put a lot of pressure on the ball and create turnovers, which hopefully lead to scoring chances.”

Eaton had no complaints about the Patriots’ gameplay against Liberty.

“We just go out and play our game,” said Flynn. “We always say it’s 0-0 no matter if we’re up or down. This year was so incredible, I couldn’t ask for a better team.”