Sep 19, 2006

Lady Flames wallop Charleston Southern in style

by Jennifer Schmidt
The Liberty women’s soccer team came off a tough non-conference schedule where they played top-ranked teams such as Wake Forest, Virginia and Arkansas. 

Playing these previous non-conference games allowed the Lady Flames to develop as a squad and push their game to the next level.

Saturday’s game against Charleston Southern, which was ranked fourth in the Big South preseason standings, provided Liber-ty with plenty of opportunities to see where it stood this season. 

Ranked first in the conference after winning last year’s Big South Champ-ionship, the Flames faced a tough game even with the home field advantage.  

Only 10 minutes into the first half of the game, Liberty was able to get ahead with solid goals from standout freshman midfielder Maggie Woody -- her second of the season --and sophomore midfielder Amy Oberlin. 

Later in the first half, junior forward Hannah Sullivan found Oberlin, who netted her second goal of the day.

Following that play, junior forward Ashley Braam beat the opposing goalie for her first goal of the day off an assist from Oberlin. 

At the end of the first half, the Lady Flames had a 12-3 shot advantage and a 4-0 lead. 

The second half mirrored the first as Liberty was able to net a fifth goal in the 52nd minute when junior forward Kendall Bartholo-mew was able to convert a long pass from senior fullback Paige Cheek for her first goal of the season. 

The Lady Buccaneers were not able to rally against the Lady Flames’ strong defensive unit, which was led by the daunting presence of junior fullback Tanya Payne. 

In the 67th minute, senior midfielder Alaina Hohnarth made a corner kick for Liberty that curved off a Charleston Southern defender and ended up in the net. 

Ten minutes later, Braam took a loose ball and netted her second goal of the game and fourth of the season.

The Lady Bucs almost got a goal of their own but lost it to an offsides call. 

The game ended with Liberty garnering a 25-5 shot advantage and a 7-0 shutout.

Braam finished the game with two goals and an assist.

“We wanted to send a message to our conference,” said Head Coach James Price. “We know the teams will come hard. Today everything went well and our challenge is to keep that up.” 

Oberlin, who had two goals and one assist for the day, said, “We were excited to win today. Big South games are always physical and it felt good to finally get some goals.” 

The Lady Flames presented a strong front all around, which prompted Price to state, “Our midfield was creative and having played the tough preseason that we did our minds and our plays were sped up.”
He added that it is a different type of game in the conference. 

“We keep taking one game at a time,” he said. “We just want to repeat this performance once again in our next game.” 

The Lady Flames will travel to Old Dominion next for a non-conference match. 

Following that game they will have five conference games, three of which will be at home. They currently have a 1-0 conference record and a 3-4-0 record overall.

 
 
Contact Jennifer Schmidt at jschmidt@liberty.edu.

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