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Liberty Nets 7 Goals in Victory over Campbell
The Liberty women's soccer team picked up its second straight Big South win in emphatic fashion, defeating Campbell, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at Osborne Stadium.
Crystal Elmers led the Lady Flames with two goals, while Casey Norris, Megan Warner, Madison Kauzlarich, Jaime Bouffard and Alanna Dunkle each recorded one marker. Elmers and Dunkle are now tied for the team lead in goals with four, this season.
Delgatti contributed on three of Liberty's goals, including both of Elmers' tallies. The freshman's trio of helpers is the most by a Lady Flame in a single game since Silvia Betancourt posted three in a 5-1 victory over Presbyterian on Oct. 18, 2008. Delgatti now leads the Lady Flames with four assists.
Along with her goal, Bouffard also chipped in two assists, while Brittany Aanderud and Caroline White each had one.
Lady Flames goalkeeper Holly Van Noord finished with one save in the contest, picking up her seventh shutout of the season. The redshirt freshman is now tied with Paula Barringer for third on the program's single-season shutout list.
Liberty's seven tallies are the most since a 9-0 victory over Southern Virginia on Oct. 16, 2007. The Lady Flames move to 7-3 on the year, starting 2-0 in Big South play for the third straight season. Campbell falls to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
The Lady Flames outshot Campbell, 16-2, while holding a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. Campbell goalkeeper Samantha Lawson played the opening 67:36 for the Camels, making four saves. Alexis Connors came in for the final 22:24, recording one save.
Liberty lit up the scoreboard early, capitalizing on a set play in the eighth minute. Off a free kick by Aanderud, Norris timed the lofted ball perfectly, heading it into the back of the Campbell net for the 1-0 lead. The senior's goal was her first this season and fifth of her career. Aanderud's assist marked her second on the season.
Warner stretched the Lady Flames advantage at the start of the 29th minute. After the senior's first shot attempt was deflected by Lawson, Warner collected the ball on its rebound and tapped it into the open net. The forward's third goal of the season gave Liberty a 2-0 lead.
Kauzlarich capped off Liberty's first-half scoring in the 37th minute. From the Campbell goal line, Bouffard threaded a pass into the center of the 18-yard box for Kauzlarich, who placed a shot into upper half of the net. The sophomore midfielder's first goal in a Liberty uniform gave the Lady Flames a 3-0 advantage at halftime.
In the second period, the duo of Elmers and Delgatti collaborated for Liberty's next two goals. During the 46th minute, Delgatti fed a ball from the right side of the box through to Elmers, who tapped it into the net from six yards out.
Later in the 59th minute, Bouffard sent a pass from midfield to Delgatti, who headed it down to the ground, allowing Elmers to finish the play and put Liberty ahead, 5-0.
Less than two minutes later, Bouffard became the beneficiary of a Delgatti pass. After receiving a through pass into the center of the 18-yard box from Delgatti, Bouffard chipped it into the Campbell net for her first goal of the season.
Dunkle put a stamp on the Lady Flames scoring in the 87th minute off a pass from White. The junior midfielder blasted a shot past goalkeeper Alexis Connors for the 7-0 final.
Liberty hits the road for a three-game conference road stretch, beginning with UNC Asheville. The Lady Flames are unbeaten against the Bulldogs in the last eight seasons with a 7-0-2 record, which includes a six-game win streak. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.