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Liberty Powers Past Howard
Forward Sachem Wilson scored two goals, as the Liberty Flames defeated the Howard Bison, 4-0, Tuesday night at Osborne Stadium.
Wilson's two goals were part of a three-goal surge early in the second half by the Flames. The junior recorded his first multiple goal game of the season and the fourth of his career. The forward's multiple goal contest was the second by a Liberty player this season.
Tim Harbison had two goals in a 5-0 win at VMI, Sept. 2. Wilson, who led the Flames in goals last year, now leads Liberty with four.
Jamie Foxwell joined the second half surge with his second goal of the season. He also assisted on a goal by Jovanni Chavez, his second of the year, during the first half which gave Liberty an early advantage.
The Flames move to 5-1-1 on the season, recording their second shutout of 2014. Howard falls to 0-9-1.
Liberty jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 21:03 of the first half. Standing near midfield, Foxwell sent the ball into the middle of the 18-yard box for Chavez. The freshman midfielder outraced a Bison defender and lined a shot into the right side of the net for a 1-0 edge.
Meanwhile, the Flames did not allow Howard a shot during the half, as they went to halftime with a lead.
Liberty extended its lead less than five minutes into the second half. On a throw in on right side, midfielder Bay Kurtz found Wilson at the top of the box. The forward side-stepped one defender and moved past another into the 18-yard box, ripping a shot into the left corner of the goal for a 2-0 advantage at 46:22.
The Flames struck for its second goal of the half at 49:52. Off a corner kick by Khalil Karl, Conner Fleming lifted the ball toward the left post, which Foxwell headed in to extend the Liberty lead to 3-0.
At 59:54, Wilson netted his second goal of the evening on a penalty kick. After the Bison were called for a hand ball in the 18-yard box, Wilson converted the ensuing kick for what proved to be the final of 4-0.
The Liberty defense took over from there, limiting the Bison to two late scoring chances, which goalkeeper Scott Sutarik saved to complete the shutout.
The Flames outshot the Bison, 12-6, and held the advantage in corner kicks, 6-2.
Sutarik made two saves in posting the 18th shutout of his career. The senior is now one shutout shy of tying for third place on Liberty's career list. Howard goalkeeper Eric Hamilton recorded three saves.
Liberty next will begin Big South Conference play, Saturday. The Flames will travel to Rock Hill, S.C., for a match with the Winthrop Eagles. Game time at Eagle Stadium is scheduled for 2 p.m.