Liberty routs Sehome in first round of Class 2A girls soccer playoffs
Freshman Makena Carr records hat trick, and Patriots roll to 4-1 victory over Mariners.
Special to The Seattle Times
RENTON — Makena Carr finally may be getting comfortable up top.
The Liberty freshman hadn’t played forward in more than a year. But she moved from her comfortable center-midfield slot for the Patriots.
The change has paid off big, including during a 4-1 rout of No. 10 Sehome in a first-round 2A girls state soccer victory on Wednesday. The Patriots (9-5-1) next will face Shorecrest, a 4-0 winner over Black Hills, likely on Saturday at Liberty.
Carr scored a hat trick (three goals), beginning in the third minute of the contest, to lead a dominating performance from Liberty.
“We’ve talked about starting games quickly,” Liberty coach Tami Nguyen said. “My team has done a great job of that the last couple of games.”
Carr was the recipient of a well-placed ball from Laurie Willoughby that looped over her in the middle of the field just as things were getting started. Carr drove to 10 yards and beat Sehome (11-6-1) goalie Nicole Carlson with a hard line drive shot less than three minutes into the contest.
That attack was just the beginning of a dominant first half by the Patriots, who put eight shots on goal to Sehome’s three over the first 40 minutes.
“For my club, I used to play forward,” Carr said. “When (Coach Nguyen) put me up top, I just started to get it back.”
Carr got her second of the night on a long run down the right side of the 18-yard box. She beat a Mariner defender and sliced a low ball across the goalmouth and just inside the left post for a 2-0 lead just over a minute before the half.
She added her third goal in the 55th minute, fighting off two defenders to get free for a low bolt of a shot that found the right corner of the net. Carr has scored 21 goals in her freshman season.
“Yeah, she’s awesome,” Nguyen said. “I’m so glad she’s just a freshman.”
“I just played my game,” Carr said. “We just play whoever. It’s very fun.”