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LHS boys soccer set to open season

Anyone who knows Liberty’s boys’ soccer coach Ian Larimer is well aware of his utmost enthusiasm and respect for the sport, but Larimer also respects the fact that mental health during this time of pandemic is of utmost importance.

“After a long hiatus from sport, we must remind ourselves that mental well-being comes first and foremost. We are fortunate to have a family-oriented group like this,” said Coach Larimer of his 2020 Hurricanes. “I look forward to each and every second of this campaign. We have an incredibly young team, so experience will come with gameplay.”

Key returners for the Hurricanes are Jordan Jupina (Sr/Def), Graham Phillips (Sr/Md), Isaiah Trinidad (Sr/F), Dennis Rukasov (GK), and Chris Matz (Sr/ Md).

“We held physically-distanced training with limited numbers [during the summer] to stay active and engaged. The players are hungry for a season to showcase our abilities as a unit,” Larimer said. “We had a large senior class last year, so our younger players are excited for their chance.”

Larimer believes Liberty’s strengths are their cohesiveness and their high expectations.

“This group is full of leadership and a willingness to succeed,” he said.

The Hurricanes will travel to Nazareth on opening day, Sept. 25, will host the Blue Eagles on Sept. 28, and then host Bethlehem Catholic on Sept. 30. All games are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Graham Phillips is a key, returning player for the Hurricanes this year.