Sep 9, 2008

Willoughby's game winner pushes Flames past Marshall

by Chris Wong

 The men’s soccer team built on the momentum from its season opening victory, grabbing a pair of road wins and pushing its record to 3-0 to start the 2008 campaign this past week.

On Tuesday, senior Joshua Boateng’s goal in the 41st minute proved to be all the offense Liberty would need as the Flames held on for the victory.

“Well, I think we were having a difficult time for the first fifteen minutes, but when I scored the goal we started playing our game,” Boateng said.

Liberty’s offense kept the pressure on the opposition, ending the first half with nine shots on goal. Liberty freshman Brian Edman and senior Douglas Nyame were equally stifling on defense, holding Campbell to just three shots in the first half.

Campbell surged in the second half, totaling eight shots on goal and forcing several saves from sophomore goalie Paul Gilbert.
“It was real intense, and it gets real nerve racking when the ball is bouncing around in the box,” Gilbert said. “You just try to stay calm and try to focus, but my defenders did a real good job of clearing out everything, and I give them all the credit.”

Liberty’s defense remained strong throughout the game and held on to beat Campbell 1-0.  The home victory built the Flames’ confidence heading into an away contest against Marshall on Saturday.

Freshman Darren Amoo began the scoring eight minutes into the first period and senior Cameron Chastain tacked on a goal of his own in the 41st minute, staking Liberty to a 2-0 lead.

After halftime, Marshall stormed back from a two-point deficit, as Aaron Dini and Osric Flores gave the Thundering Herd an offensive burst early in the second half, tying the game 2-2. Gilbert made an incredible save toward the end of the second half to keep the game knotted at two. Liberty senior forward Justin Willoughby provided some game winning heroics in the 70th minute scoring on a goal kick to send the Flames to a 3-2 victory.

Coach Alder knew that this game was going to be a tough matchup.

“We are going on the road in a very tough environment playing a Marshall team that is very physical and very athletic and has a very good program,” Alder said.

Liberty showed its versatility as both new and returning players continued to build continuity on both sides of the ball.

“Regardless of the circumstances, we need to play great soccer and ultimately find a way to get another good result,” Alder said.
Liberty will seek another road win as it travels to Radford University on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.


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