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Dunkle Leads Lady Flames in 3-0 Victory
Junior forward Alanna Dunkle guided the Liberty women's soccer to victory, Friday night at Vidas Field, scoring two out of three goals in a 3-0 win versus Drexel. Dunkle's pair of unassisted markers were the first of her collegiate career, helping the Lady Flames improve to 3-1 in 2013. With the loss, Drexel falls to 2-2-1.
Along with Dunkle's pair of first-period goals, freshman forward Julia Delgatti rounded out Liberty's scoring on the night with a second period tally. Lauren Nicholas was credited with an assist on the goal by Delgatti.
Dunkle is now tied with fellow forwards Crystal Elmers and Megan Warner with two goals apiece on the season. However, the junior leads the Lady Flames attack with seven total points and three assists to accompany her scoring total in 2013.
Dunkle lit up the scoreboard early for the Lady Flames, finding the net in the fifth minute to put Liberty up, 1-0. The junior created her own opportunity, belting a shot past goalkeeper Eve Badana for her first collegiate goal.
Later in the 14th minute, Dunkle found the inside of the Drexel net, once again. The Hummelstown, Pa., native's second goal on the night ultimately gave Liberty a 2-0 advantage at halftime.
Drexel managed to outshoot Liberty in the opening period, 7-5. Although she gave up a pair of goals, Babana also thwarted shot attempts by Megan Warner and Jaime Bouffard in the 32nd and 35th minute, respectively. Liberty goalkeeper Holly Van Noord also had two saves, stopping back-to-back shots from Christine Stevenson and Megan Hammaker in the 28th and 29th minute.
The Dragons amped up their attack in the second stanza, taking 10 shots in the period, including four on the Liberty goal. However, Van Noord was there to make the play on each attempt, keeping Drexel scoreless on the night.
Delgatti completed the Lady Flames scoring on the night in the 80th minute with her first collegiate goal. Nicholas sent a pass forward to Delgatti, who finished on the play, capping off the 3-0 final.
Drexel outshot Liberty, 17-7, while holding a 9-0 advantage on corner kicks.
Van Noord collected six saves on the night, en route to her third shutout of the season. Badana finished the contest with two saves for the Dragons.
Liberty remains in Philadelphia, Sunday, squaring off with Saint Joseph's. Game time is slated for 2:30 p.m.