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George Washington Edges Liberty with First-Half Goal

September 7, 2014
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Brittany Aanderud

Despite the Liberty women's soccer team controlling the pace of the game against George Washington, Sunday afternoon at Osborne Stadium, it was an early goal by Colonials forward MacKenzie Cowley that made the difference, giving the visitors the 1-0 win.

With the defeat, Liberty falls to 2-3 on the year, while George Washington remains undefeated at 4-0. The Colonials also pick up their first-ever win over the Lady Flames.

Liberty outshot George Washington, 17-9, with shots on goal knotted at five apiece. The Lady Flames also held a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Liberty goalkeeper Holly Van Noord played the entire 90 minutes in between the pipes, making four saves. Miranda Horn also played the full contest for the Colonials, finishing with five saves.

Cowley posted the lone goal of the contest in the ninth minute. The forward managed to take advantage of a defensive miscue, lobbing a shot from the right side of the 18-yard box into the left corner to put the visitors ahead, 1-0.

About 10 minutes later, Liberty forward Alanna Dunkle nearly garnered the equalizer. The senior blasted a left-footed shot targeting the back of the net. However, Horn was there to pop the effort over the goal frame, maintaining the advantage for the Colonials.

Freshman Jennifer Knoebel, who scored Liberty's game-winning goal against Charlotte on Thursday, attempted to play hero again with a shot on goal in the 40th minute. Horn was there once again to make the stop, allowing George Washington to enter the locker room with the advantage at halftime.

In the second period, Liberty held a slight 7-6 edge in shots, while also executing four corner kicks. However, the Lady Flames were unable to generate an equalizing goal, ultimately leading to the 1-0 final in favor of the Colonials.

Liberty continues its current four-game homestand on Thursday when it hosts Davidson. Game time is set for 4 p.m., with the contest streaming live on the Big South Network.