Chaparral closes off potent Liberty girls soccer attack

Something had to give Wednesday evening as host Scottsdale Chaparral played Liberty in an early season showdown of five-win teams.

The Lions entered the contest averaging 4.7 goals per game. The Firebirds had allowed just four total.

It was the prior. Chaparral (6-1-1) locked down Liberty (5-2) for a 1-0 victory.

A lack of offense and scoring chances in the first half provided little spark for the final forty minutes. The Lions dropped their second contest of the young season and failed to score for the first time as well.

“Just a frustrating evening tying to generate any offense. Chaparral is a very good test for us here in December,” said Liberty Coach Peter Evans.

The lone goal of the evening was off an unfortunate scenario for the visitors.

A turnover kicked from the goalie lead immediately to a cross off the foot of McKenzie Davis. The pass was perfect.

Firebirds freshman Kelly Hitchcock tapped in the pass just past Lions keeper Taylor Poland. That 24th minute goal would stand the remaining 56 minutes.

An otherwise explosive offense was limited to just four shots on the night.

Frustration didn’t seem to set in for the Lady Lions. Remaining composed in tight games will go along way as they continue toward Northwest Region play.

Liberty manufactured a few scoring opportunities in the second half with Delaney Peery and Haley German carrying the ball, but couldn’t equalize it.

Their two second-half corner kicks being the best chance late. That’s something Coach Evans wouldn’t mind improving as they embrace the grind of this 5A schedule.

“We’ve been able to find the net. Tonight provided a test. Our second-half effort was much more what we needed and are used to. We will work more on creating a sense of urgency,” Coach Evans said.

It was a test Liberty needed before the Holiday Break in which they’ll compete in the Arizona Soccer Showcase. Featured teams including Cactus Shadows and Desert Vista will be the measuring stick.

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