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First home win for the Bolts

Liberty girls have little trouble corralling the Mustangs
Liberty High’s Sydni Von Sprecken takes a shot at the Independence goal Tuesday, April 24, at the Coralville Youth Sports Complex. Von Sprecken scored the first of four Lightning strikes against the Mustangs in the 4-1 win, Liberty’s first home victory of the season. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

CORALVILLE– Liberty High’s varsity girls soccer team put its first home win in the books Tuesday, April 24, after defeating the Independence Mustangs, 4-1, on the home field at the Coralville Youth Sports Complex.
Sydni Von Sprecken scored early in the first half. The Mustangs tied the match, 1-1, with a penalty kick (PK), but the rest of the contest belonged to Liberty. Megan Davis and Madi Barta ended the first half with a 3-1 lead. Elise Hermiston fired a PK past the Mustangs’ keeper in the second half to seal the win.
Both teams ended the day with a 2-4 record.
The Bolts opened the season with a 4-0 road win against West Delaware on April 2, and then hit a four-game losing streak to Iowa City Regina (1-0 in overtime), Cedar Rapids Prairie (6-0), Fort Madison (2-1 with a goal from Barta) and Solon (1-0).
The Bolts hosts Hudson on Thursday, May 3, for a 4:30 p.m. match. The Lightning hit the road Monday, May 7, for a 7 p.m. game against Muscatine and a Tuesday, May 8, visit to the Center Point-Urbana Stormin’ Pointers at 4:30 p.m., in Center Point. The combined Alburnett-Cedar Valley Christian team visits the Coralville Youth Sports Complex on Monday, May 14, at 5 p.m.