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Liberty Faces No. 18 Wake Forest and VCU on the Road This Weekend
Looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season, the Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team hits the road once again for a pair of tough contests this weekend. Liberty will square off against No. 18 Wake Forest on Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., before heading to meet VCU on Sunday at 2 p.m.
How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats will be available for both contests on LibertyFlames.com by clicking on the live stats link on the field hockey schedule/results page. Live stats will be available courtesy of the Wake Forest Athletic Communications department on Friday and the VCU Media Relations office on Sunday. Fans can also follow the games through periodic twitter updates from @libertyflames.
Series History versus Wake Forest and VCU
The Lady Flames will be looking for their first ever wins against both Wake Forest and VCU, holding a 0-1 record versus both squads. In 2011, Liberty fell to the Demon Deacons in Lynchburg, 5-0. Last season, the Lady Flames fell just short at home against the Rams, 2-1.
Liberty at a Glance
The Lady Flames are coming off their first loss of the season this past Sunday, falling on the road at Cal, 1-0. The contest capped Liberty's west coast trip, which also featured a 2-1 victory against UC Davis last Friday in Berkeley. Overall, the Lady Flames are 2-1 on the season.
Liberty is led by Hannah Jones' six points (2 goals, 2 assists), while Ashlee Krulock (2 goals) and Natalie Barr (1 goal, 2 assists) are tied for second with four points apiece. Freshman Serena Barr (2 points) tallied her first career goal on Friday against UC Davis. As a team, Liberty is averaging 2.0 goals per game, while surrendering just 0.67 scores per contest.
Goalkeeper Ann Jefferis ranks fourth nationally in goals-against average (0.67) and fifth in save percentage (.857). The redshirt senior has allowed just two goals, while making 12 saves.
Earlier this week, Jefferis earned her second consecutive NorPac East Defensive Player of the Week award. Jefferis is the first player in program history to earn multiple defensive player of the week awards in a single season. The redshirt senior continued her strong play in goal this season, surrendering only two goals in two games this past weekend. Against UC Davis, Jefferis turned away seven shots and allowed just one goal, before allowing just one goal, while making one save versus Cal.
Lady Flames Away from Lynchburg
After splitting a pair of games this past weekend, Liberty is 7-3 in its last 10 road/neutral site contests. All time, the Lady Flames are 13-11 away from Lynchburg. Liberty will play 11 games away from the friendly confines of Liberty Field Hockey Field this season.
Wake Forest at a Glance
The 18th ranked Demon Deacons are 3-1 overall on the season. Wake Forest has won its last two contests, including a 5-1 victory on Tuesday against Davidson.
Kari Walkley (3 goals) and Anna Kozniuk (2 goals, 2 assists) are tied for the team lead with six points each. Taylor Rhea (2 goals, 1 assist) and Jess Newak (1 goal, 2 assists) rank third and fourth, respectively, in points.
In goal, Valerie Dahmen has allowed six goals for a 1.50 goals-against average. The sophomore has knocked away 15 shots, while holding a .714 save percentage.
VCU at a Glance
The Rams enter the weekend with a 1-2 record. VCU will face Towson on Friday night before its contest with the Lady Flames. This past weekend the Rams split a pair of away games against two NorPac West foes, defeating Pacific, 4-2, and losing to No. 10 Stanford, 2-0.
Leading VCU in scoring this season is Stephanie Demasi with four points (1 goal, 2 assists). The Rams' five total goals this year have been scored by five different players. Matching Demasi for the team lead in assists are Erika Bienlien and Emilie Soares.
Goalkeeper Megan Botteri is surrendering an average of 3.43 goals per game through three games this season. Botteri has 28 saves and a .778 save percentage.
The Lady Flames will wrap up their six-game road trip next weekend at Monmouth on Sept. 20 and La Salle on Sept. 22. Game times are scheduled for 3 p.m. versus the Hawks and noon p.m. against the Explorers.