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Pair of Goals Put Liberty Over PC
The Liberty women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to six games, Saturday afternoon at Osborne Stadium, defeating Presbyterian, 2-0.
Goalkeeper Holly Van Noord made three saves en route to her 20th career shutout. The netminder has now tied her former teammate Karen Blocker (2008-2012) for the program record.
Presbyterian goalkeeper Sydney Fontenot played in between the posts during the entire contest for PC, finishing with seven saves.
With the win, Liberty moves to 7-3-1 on the year and 3-0-1 in the Big South. PC falls to 3-5-2 overall and 0-2-2 in conference play. The Lady Flames remain unbeaten in the all-time series against the Blue Hose with an 8-0-1 record.
Liberty outshot the Blue Hose 19-8, including 10-3 on goal. The Lady Flames also held a 13-2 advantage on corner kicks.
Despite several scoring opportunities, Liberty was unable to light up the scoreboard in the opening half. Alanna Dunkle posted three shots on goal, all of which were stopped by Fontenot. In the closing seconds of the period, Aanderud fired a shot from inside the 18-yard box toward the near post. Fontenot thwarted the attempt with a diving save, keeping the contest scoreless at halftime.
In the second half, Kauzlarich put the Flames on the board with her third goal of the season during the 56th minute. Bouffard sent a pass into the 18-yard box for Kauzlarich, who then blasted a shot into the back of an open PC net, putting Liberty up, 1-0.
Smith tacked on the insurance goal to seal the 2-0 victory in the 82nd minute. Gillmore sent a crossing pass over to Smith, who headed the ball forwards the near post and into the net for her third goal of the season.
Liberty returns to Osborne Stadium on Wednesday, playing host to Radford. The contest is a rematch of last year's Big South Championship finals, which resulted in a 5-0 victory for the Lady Flames. Game is slated for 3 p.m., with the contest streaming live on the Big South Network.