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Liberty Downs Longwood, 4-2, in a Matchup of NorPac Unbeatens

October 9, 2013
|  Farmville, Va.
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Serena Barr scored a goal and added an assist on Wednesday against Longwood.

Serena Barr's go-ahead goal with 7:53 remaining in the game helped propel the Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team to a 4-2 victory over the Longwood Lancers on Wednesday afternoon at the Athletics Complex.

Liberty, winner of three out of its last four games, improves to 7-4 overall and remain unbeaten at 2-0 in NorPac play. Liberty has now won eight consecutive regular-season games against NorPac East opponents. The Lancers' first conference loss of the season drops them to 3-1 in the NorPac and 5-8 overall. 

The majority of the first-half action was played in between the 25-yard lines. Liberty's defense, led by the back line of Helen Doolittle, Hannah Jones, Serena Barr and Olivia Carroll, stymied the Lancers, surrendering just one shot and no penalty corners in the opening frame.

The Lady Flames' offense picked up momentum in the final 10 minutes of the half. On Liberty's first penalty corner attempt of the game, Serena Barr fired off two shots, but both were turned away by Lancers' goalkeeper Kaye Goulding.

The Lady Flames broke the scoreless tie with just over a minute remaining in the first stanza. Ashlee Krulock inserted the ball into the top of the circle off of Liberty's second penalty corner opportunity of the half. After several passes, Natalie Barr knocked the ball back across the circle to a wide open Helen Doolittle. The junior pushed her first goal of the season into the cage, putting the Lady Flames on top, 1-0, heading into the halftime break.

Liberty extended its lead to 2-0 in the game's 49th minute. Krulock inserted the penalty corner attempt directly to the left side of the circle to Serena Barr. The freshman swept the ball back to Krulock and the Lady Flames' leading scorer buried it into the back of the goal for her 10th marker of the season.

The Lancers would not go quietly, as Kim Ruiter tallied back-to-back goals less than a minute apart from each other, knotting the score at two apiece with 16:37 showing on the game clock.

With the game's momentum seemingly shifted in the direction of Longwood, the sister duo of Natalie and Serena Barr turned it back in favor of the Lady Flames with less than eight minutes remaining. Off of another short corner attempt, Natalie Barr set up her younger sister with a pass to the middle of the circle. The freshman lined the ball into the cage for her third goal of the year and a 3-2 Liberty advantage.

Natalie Barr iced the contest for the visitors in the final two minutes. Liberty sent the ball into the circle and it managed to work its way past Goulding toward the right post of the cage. The Liberty forward corralled the ball and fired it into the goal, capping the Lady Flames' 4-2 victory.

Liberty finished the contest holding the edge in both shots, 12-8, and penalty corners, 5-3. Three of the Lady Flames' four goals came off of penalty corner attempts.

In goal, Liberty goalkeeper Ann Jefferis notched one save, while Goulding tallied three stops for the Lancers.

The Lady Flames continue NorPac play this weekend with a road contest at Radford on Saturday at 1 p.m., before returning home on Sunday to face Appalachian State at 2 p.m.

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