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Student News of Liberty High School


Student News of Liberty High School


Student News of Liberty High School


Boys Varsity Soccer Breaks Penalty Kick Curse

Playing against Rock Bridge, game ends with a 3-2 Liberty win with all four penalty kicks scored
Sydney Davis
Junior Dylan Handlan (#6) chases the ball down the field while being chased by senior Chas Colbert (#9) from Rock Bridge.

For the team’s eighth win in a row, the varsity boys soccer team had a very strong start against Rock Bridge. Liberty scored two goals before halftime hit, Rock Bridge holding zero. However, Rock Bridge would battle back to tie the match and then Liberty prevailed in penalty kicks to defeat the 2022 district champions, 3-2 at Liberty.

The first goal of the match was scored by senior Turner Lively (#8), drawing a penalty kick and burying it in the 7th minute.

Sophomore Corey Lynch (#16) attained the second goal, making the score 2-0. All within the 15th minute of the first quarter, the Eagles happily cheered and celebrated their lead over the defending district champs.

Activities Director Eldredge wrote on the LHS Activities social media platform X, “[Lynch] bends the ball in traffic in front of the goal,” applauding the tricky play that scored the second goal for Liberty.

Junior Aidan Brown (#0) lines up to punt the ball across the field and out of the box. “Aidan Brown is a very hard worker and we are very happy to have him. We’re amazed on how well he did in PK’s,” Mathison said, congratulating Brown’s performance. (Sydney Davis)

With a quick cooldown during halftime, the team hoped to continue their winning streak, only to have Rock Bridge fight back.

Only eight minutes into the second half, Rock Bridge cut the Eagles lead in half, changing the score to Liberty 2, Rock Bridge 1.

Within a minute later, Rock Bridge tied the score, 2-2 with 30 minutes to play.

Coach Luedecke said the team “fell asleep” for the eight minutes that Rock Bridge used to score two straight goals.

“I thought the first half was really good, we had a couple chances to put the game away. We were asleep a little bit during the second half, which gave up some easy goals,” Luedecke said.

Senior Canon Mathison (#9) said, “We let them have the edge on us in the second half, it was kind of a back-and-forth for the rest of the game.”

Going into overtime quarter three, the score stood at 2-2. The teams then took it into overtime quarter four, score remaining 2-2 all throughout.

With zero goals scored in overtime, the teams moved on to penalty kicks (the previous downfall this year of LHS varsity when they lost to Chaminade 2-1 in PKs on Aug. 29).

Liberty scored on its first three penalty kick shots in a row. Rock Bridge scored one after Liberty’s third and then Liberty scored a fourth, taking the win with four penalty goals to one penalty goal.

Mathison reflected on the game and said, “The game went well, we kind of lost our momentum going to try and finish them off.”

“At the end of the day we still came out with the win,” Luedecke said.

Senior Brady Freeman (#7) said, “As a team, I know we can play a lot better, but we got the dub and that’s all that really matters.”

Liberty is ranked first in the state, according to Maxpreps.com after the win in their game against Rock Bridge on Sept. 21. (Maxpreps)

Freeman believes that we deserve being first in the state, according to MaxPreps, and said, “We work hard everyday, it’s what we play for.”

In regard to finally achieving a win from penalty kicks, Mathison said, “It’s a big relief because I haven’t won a PK shootout since my sophomore year and we all know how to take PK’s, we just have bad luck sometimes.”

Francis Howell Central is the opponent on Monday in a home match set for 6:45.

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About the Contributors
Sydney Davis, Editor-in-Chief of The 2024 Talon
Sydney Davis is an editor-in-chief of the Talon Yearbook and will soon be in her third year of publications while also a manager of the cross country team. She is in her senior year and her second year of classes at SCC. She loves listening to music and watching movies and reading in her free time, along with playing with her niece and nephews. Sydney dreams of being a concert photographer while traveling the world when she is older. She is unsure of where her education will continue after high school, but would like to major in either journalism or marketing. Worms love worms!

Megan Geisler, Sports Editor of Broadcast Media
Megan Geisler is a senior and this is her third year of publications. She is the sports editor for broadcast media and a reporter for LHS Today. She enjoys playing the trumpet and loves watching movies. Some of her favorite movies include “Mamma Mia” and anything Marvel. Outside of school you will often find her spending time outdoors hiking with her dogs or working at Chick-Fil-A.
CJ Jefferson, Reporter
CJ Jefferson is a senior who is an athlete and participates in track. He gets along with people very well and is an open person. He’s moving to Texas for college and staying with his grandpa to get his finance degree. Also a fun fact about him is that he’s been playing the drums since he was 6.

Parker Sethaler, Reporter
Parker Sethaler is a junior and this is his third year in publications. Parker excels in filming and editing videos, most of them being on the publications Youtube channel. Aside from making videos, Parker also loves to listen to music, specifically rap and hip-hop. Out of school, he likes to play on his Xbox and hang out with friends. He currently works at Gymquarters Gymnastics Center, as a coach. Parker hopes to work on the sideline of sports games in the future.

Shae Earle, Reporter
Shae Earle is a senior and this is her second year in publications. She loves going on hikes, hanging out with friends, listening to music and traveling. Besides being with friends, she does throwing events for the school's track team and works at Chick-Fil-A. Shae wants to pursue a career in sports medicine after graduating and is very excited for life after high school.

Jacorrian Leach, Reporter
Jacorrion Leach is a senior and this is his first year in publications. In Jacorrion’s free time, he likes to make music and play football. He also likes working on cars. Jacorrion is from Mississippi and moved to Missouri in 2017. To pass time, he likes to drive his car, listen to music, watch movies, and play video games.

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