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Friday, Jan 10 2014 11:26 PM

Buchanan girls silence Liberty

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty players Molly Duechenne (left) Neeley Keller (center) and Bailei Gavin (right) get ready for a penalty kick during Friday's game against Buchanan at Liberty High.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty goalie Bailey Cockrill dives at a Buchanan shot for goal during second half action Friday at Liberty. The goal was scored.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty's Laney Carrasco crosses the ball to a teammate during Friday's game against Buchanan at Liberty High.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty head coach Brandon "Boog" Hearron talks with his players during halftime Friday night's game against Buchanan at Liberty High.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty's Elizebeth McMurray (right) and Buchanan's Miranda Rudolph battle for control of the ball during first half action Friday at Liberty.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty's Elizabeth McMurray sets up a dribble while a Buchanan player waits for her move Friday night at Liberty.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty's Mackayla Duerksen (left) trys to center the ball as Buchanan's Cricket Swinney watches the ball go through her legs Friday night at Liberty.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty's Elizabeth McMurray (left) and Buchanan's Brooke Hanson fight for position during action Friday at Liberty High.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty's Alisa Soriano stays in from of a Buchanan player while setting up a pass during first half action Friday night at Liberty.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty's Mackenzie Duerksen (left) and Buchanan's Cricket Swinney battle during play Friday night at Liberty.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty's Bailei Gavin sets up a pass while Buchanan's Miranda Rudolph trails during second half action at Liberty Friday night.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty's Lexie Kinney works to center the ball while Buchanan's Brooke Nebels defends during second half action Friday night at Liberty.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty's Elizabeth McMurray (right) and Buchanan's Alexis Weigant work to control the ball during first half action at Liberty Friday night.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty's Lexie Kinney (right) and Buchanan's Christina Monreal fight for a header during Friday's game at Liberty.

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    By Nick Ellis/ Special to The Californian

    Liberty's Elizabeth McMurray (right) and Buchanan's Miranda Rudolph battle for control of the ball during second half action Friday night at Liberty.

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BY ESTEBAN RAMIREZ Special to The Californian

Behind a fast start and two goals from forward Caitlyn Kreutz, Buchanan High beat Liberty High 3-0 in a non-league girls soccer match Friday at Liberty.

"To come play against a team like this, that's a playoff-caliber team in a playoff atmosphere like tonight, we knew we were going to get a physical game and I thought our girls came and performed well," Buchanan coach Orlando Ramirez said. "To score three goals against a good defensive team like this, I thought it was excellent."

Buchanan (9-2-1), which has won the section title in Division I seven of the past eight years, took a lead 10 minutes into the match when midfielder Sassy Weigant scored from outside the penalty box, a shot just out of the reach of Patriots goalkeeper Bailey Cockrill.

"That was huge," Ramirez said. "We've been on the receiving end early on this year of getting goals scored on us early, so that was something we talked about before the game that we needed to get out and set the tone early on."

After Weigant's goal, Liberty (5-5-5) started to settle in and get into a rhythm. The Patriots were able to get more shots on goal and control possession of the ball, but then Buchanan took the momentum back.

With the Bears up 1-0, Kreutz got a pass from midfielder Elisa Soderholm and was able to get away from the Patriots' defense and put the shot just past goalkeeper Bailey Cockrill with just 2 minutes left in the half.

Kreutz scored her second goal on a penalty kick to ice the game midway through the second half.

"I was really excited," Kruetz said of her performance. "I love soccer and I love my team, so anything to help is honestly a great feeling with my favorite group of girls. I think that we really came out and gave it our all from the beginning, and gave the effort we wanted from the start so we did really well."

Patriots coach Brandon Hearron said Buchanan's first goal helped to se the tone for the Bears.

"Overall, I thought we did OK," he said. "That's probably the best team we've seen in the valley this year. We gave up a goal (early) and got down on ourselves a little bit, but the girls battled back and I thought we created a lot more chances than we have for most of the season. We just didn't plug them away, but that's a very good sign and hopefully we can see [Buchanan] in the playoffs."

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