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Dunkle's Second Half Goal Moves Liberty Past Davidson
Senior forward Alanna Dunkle netted the game winning goal, Thursday afternoon at Osborne Stadium, as the Liberty women's soccer team bested Davidson, 1-0.
Dunkle's second marker of the season occurred off a Rebekah Page assist in the 63rd minute. The Hummelstown, Pa., native is now tied with fellow forward Crystal Elmers for the team lead in goals, this season.
Liberty goalkeeper Holly Van Noord collected her third shutout of the season, giving her 17 for her collegiate career. The netminder finished with two saves. Rachel Locke played the entire contest in the net for the Wildcats, making four saves.
With the win, Liberty moves to 3-3 on the year, while Davidson falls to 3-4. The Lady Flames have now won back-to-back meetings against the Wildcats.
Liberty outshot Davidson, 15-10, including 5-2 on shots on goal. The Lady Flames also held an 8-4 advantage on corner kicks.
In the first period, Liberty's Jaime Bouffard displayed relentless effort on the attack, nearly lighting up the scoreboard late in the half. After her first shot on goal was saved by Locke in the 33rd minute, Bouffard tried again just over a minute later. This time, the forward dribbled in close and made an attempt just as Locke dove, knocking down the ball and covering up to make the stop. The goalkeeper's pair of saves kept the contest scoreless at halftime.
With Liberty controlling possession for much of the second period, the stage was set for Dunkle. Page sent a pass from the midfield to the top left side corner of the 18-yard box for Dunkle, who move past two defenders and blistered a shot past Locke high into the right corner, giving Liberty the 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats tried for the equalizer with just seconds left in the contest. With the ball popped high in the air during a scramble, Van Noord was able to make the grab, sealing the Lady Flames victory.
Liberty returns to action on Tuesday, closing out a four-game homestand against George Mason. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.