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Pair of Knoebel Goals Puts Liberty over George Mason
Liberty women's soccer freshman forward Jennifer Knoebel paced the Lady Flames attack, Tuesday afternoon at Osborne Stadium, scoring two goals in a 2-0 victory over George Mason.
Knoebel now leads Liberty with three goals on the season, after recording the Lady Flames' first two-goal game of the year. Baylee Gillmore was credited with the assist on the first goal, while Erika Troutman and Brittany Aanderud contributed to Knoebel's second marker.
Aanderud's helper gives her the team lead with three on the year. The junior midfielder now has 18 career assists, tying her with Cheryl Jones (18, 1997-2000) for second all-time in program history.
Goalkeeper Holly Van Noord picked up her fourth shutout of the season and 18th of her Liberty career. She is currently second on the school's all-time shutouts list.
Briana Kottler played the opening period in net for the Patriots, making one save. Laura Glew came in for the second period, finishing with two saves.
Liberty outshot George Mason, 22-7, while holding a 5-3 advantage on corner kicks.
Knoebel's first marker occurred just before 40th minute. Gillmore sent a pass to the right side of the 18-yard box for Knoebel, who made a cut toward the George Mason goal. The forward tucked a shot inside the far post, giving Liberty the 1-0 lead.
Gillmore nearly gave the Lady Flames a second marker just before the end of the period. The Centreville, Va., native received a pass, which put her in a one-versus-one scenario with Kottler. Gillmore dribbled past the keeper and fired a shot, which bounced off the near post, keeping the score 1-0 at halftime.
In the second period, Knoebel lit up the scoreboard again at the start of the 59th minute. Aanderud took a free kick for the Lady Flames, airmailing it Troutman, who chipped it off the back of her foot to Knoebel on the left side of the goal frame. Knoebel then tapped the ball into the back post, sealing the 2-0 victory.
"I'm proud of this group today," head coach Jessica Hain stated after the game. "God has given us opportunity to carry one another and serve one another these past two weeks and our team is stronger for it! I'm thankful for the unity the Lord is giving to us as each teammate strives to lay themselves down, lifting one another up. Today's win is simply a reflection of Christ in us."
Liberty will receive an eight-day break from game action before beginning Big South play at Charleston Southern on Sept. 24. Game time at CSU Field is slated for 3 p.m.