The outcome marked Freedom’s second straight deadlocked score in Bay Valley Athletic League play. Liberty moved to 7-1-7 (1-0-1 BVAL) after the game while the Falcons netted a 4-3-4 record (0-0-2 BVAL).
Senior forward Krystal Espindola and sophomore midfielder Lauren Zickenberg also scored goals for Freedom. Sophomore midfielder Courtney Acamo, sophomore defender Paige Dudek and junior forward Mikayla Farber each found the net for Liberty.
Falcons senior goalie Jessica Deno recorded six saves; sophomore Gabby Ciccolella was credited with five for the Lions.
Freedom assistant coach Paco Gonzalez was pleased with the way his team performed against a tough Liberty team. “It was great to see our girls wake up against Liberty,” Gonzalez wrote in an e-mail. “The girls met at lunch on game day and talked about being one big family, supporting each other and staying united. You could see the intensity all game long and it paid off with the last-second tie.”
The Falcons continue BVAL action by traveling to Antioch on Tuesday while the Lions face Deer Valley on the road.
Heritage 3, Antioch 1
Heritage toppled Antioch last Thursday 3-1 in BVAL competition. The Patriots built up a 3-0 lead by halftime on goals by senior forward Ari Gordon, sophomore forward Jamie Barron and sophomore midfielder Taylor Allen. At the 49-minute mark, sophomore striker Makayla Hall put the Panthers on the board.
Senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Mackusick recorded nine saves while Heritage senior Katie Barsanti came down with three.
The win advanced Heritage to 7-1-4; 1-0-1 against league teams. Antioch is now 4-8-1 overall and 0-2 in BVAL play. The Patriots travel to Livermore on Saturday for a non-league matchup, then play BVAL foe Pittsburg on the road on Tuesday. The Panthers host Freedom on Tuesday.
Deer Valley 4, Pittsburg 0
The Wolverines pounced on the Pirates last week, claiming a 4-0 victory. DV junior defender Brianna Pickens scored two goals in the win. Junior midfielder Samantha Martin and freshman midfielder Sidne Spencer also found the net.
Pirates sophomore goalkeeper Sandy Padilla racked up 12 saves while Deer Valley sophomore goalie Sophia Gumas made two.
The Wolverines (6-4, 2-0 BVAL) play Liberty at home on Tuesday while Pittsburg (4-6-2, 0-2 BVAL) welcomes Heritage.
Freedom’s boys soccer team managed a 2-1 win last week over Liberty. Tied at halftime, Falcons sophomore Alec Morrison put the go-ahead goal in the net at the 67-minute mark.
Liberty junior forward Jesus Corona scored at 22 minutes. Freedom sophomore Jorge Cendejas scored the first goal for his team shortly after Corona. The Lions finished the game with a 3-6-0 record (0-2 BVAL) and host Deer Valley on Tuesday.
Last weekend, the Falcons trumped non-league opponent Berean Christian 3-0, all of the scoring coming in the second half. Cendejas, junior Francisco Linares and Morrison each earned a goal. After the weekend, Freedom was 4-6-2 and 1-0-1 in league play. The Falcons play Antioch at home on Tuesday.
Deer Valley 1, Pittsburg 1
In a hard-fought battle, Deer Valley and Pittsburg finished with a 1-1 tie last week, both goals coming in the second half. Senior defenseman Mike Ortlieb was the lone scorer for the Wolverines. Freshman forward Javier Valencia notched a goal for the Pirates.
Deer Valley (7-2-4, 1-0-1 BVAL) travels to Castro Valley on Saturday for a non-league game, then plays at Liberty on Tuesday. Pittsburg (5-3-3; 1-0-1 BVAL) takes on Foothill on Saturday and then goes to Heritage on Tuesday.
Antioch 2, Heritage 2
All the scoring was in the books by halftime in last week’s game pitting Antioch against Heritage. The final result: a 2-2 standoff. The Panthers travel to Freedom on Tuesday while the Patriots host Pittsburg.
At the recent Clayton Valley Invitational, Freedom placed third behind champion James Logan and second-place Livermore. In the 114-pound championship final, the Falcons’ Ricky Coster defeated Las Lomas’ Chris Caldwell 6-0. Arroyo’s Enriqiue Barajas beat Freedom’s Roman Garcia 5-2 in the 127-pound final. Zack Wiley defeated Woodland’s Jeremy Newman 5-0 in the 132-pound match. In the 173-pound championship, Gabe Tulchinsky pinned Blake Yu from Las Lomas in 54 seconds.
At the Temecula Valley Invitational, Liberty wrestler Jesse Baldazo was defeated in the three-overtime 145-pound final by Buchanan’s Damo Arredado.
As a team, the Lions face Pittsburg on Wednesday.
The Deer Valley varsity girls water polo squad’s 3.57 grade point average earned the team a North Coast Section Scholastic Championship recently. The Wolverines are the only fall BVAL team to earn such a banner. Head coach Kiel Olff said four of his Wolverines achieved a GPA of 4.0 or better.
“I’m proud that we will have a NCS scholastic banner for our gym,” Olff wrote in an e-mail. “It’s very difficult to win those and being the only BVAL team of any sport to win one feels great. … I hope we can win many more.”
Lisa Carter contributed to this story.