By: Lydia Long
On Monday, September 24, the Lady Tigers hosted their senior night at Tiger Stadium. Seniors Hailey Craft, Savannah Jenkins, Lydia Long, and Constance Roell stood in front of their team as athletic director Jake Johnston spoke about their future plans. These four seniors have dedicated their time to soccer for all four years of high school. It was bittersweet for the seniors, as it was their last time playing at Tiger Stadium. Although the seniors were saddened by their regular season coming to an end, they felt they had a lot to play for. They wanted to make their senior night one to remember. After the senior night presentation, the fierce fight between the Tigers and the Cougars began.
The Liberty Center Lady Tigers played a non-league game against Sylvania Southview. The Tigers felt the need for redemption, after a hard loss to the Cougars in the 2017 season. Throughout the cold, rainy, and muddy conditions, the Tigers had a remarkable performance, which lead them to an exciting victory. The game was 0-0 for the majority of the first half, until Southview snuck up behind the Tiger defense and scored. At halftime, the score was 1-0, Southview.
As the second half approached, the Tigers played even more fierce than before. They wanted to win, and nothing was going to stop them from doing so. At 34:01, Lydia Ball scored the first goal for the Tigers off of a direct kick near the goal. Just shortly after the Lady Tigers first goal, Sam Engler was fouled and Lydia Ball took the direct kick. The goalie missed the ball, and now the score was 2-1. Later in the second half, Cassidy Chapa and Sam Engler both scored making the final score 4-1. Not only did the offense have a great night, but the defense was also phenomenal. The defense of Hailey Craft, Jillian Hoffman, Kylee Kern, Lydia Long, and Mallory Vollmar only let Southview take six shots on goal.