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Aanderud's Golden Goal Puts Liberty Over Presbyterian College
The Liberty women's soccer earned its third Big South win, Saturday night, but not without playing in its fourth overtime game in 2013. Sophomore midfielder Brittany Aanderud netted two goals, including the game-winner off a penalty kick in the 105th minute to give the Lady Flames a 2-1 victory over Presbyterian College.
With the win at Martin Stadium, Liberty moves to 8-3-1 overall (3-0-1 Big South), while the Blue Hose fall to 5-5-0 (2-2-0 Big South). The Lady Flames remain unbeaten in the all-time series against PC, improving to 6-0-1.
Liberty controlled the first period, outshooting the Blue Hose, 10-2. PC goalkeeper Jordan Broadway collected four saves during the opening 26 minutes, thwarting attempts from Maddie Boone, Dawn Elmers Casey Norris and Aanderud.
The Lady Flames' fifth shot on goal made it past Broadway, as Aanderud put the Lady Flames on the board with 46 seconds remaining in the period. After an attempted slide tackle by a PC defender, the sophomore stayed on her feet airmailed a shot from 25 yards out, curving it into the back of the net. Aanderud's third goal of the season gave Liberty a 1-0 advantage at halftime.
PC came out firing in the second period, putting four shots on goal during the first 20 minutes, which resulted in four saves for Liberty goalkeeper Holly Van Noord.
Much like the Lady Flames in the first period, PC found the net on its fifth shot on goal during the 66th minute. Following a Stephanie Allen corner kick, Simpson picked up the loose ball, popping it up and across the goal line. Madison Kauzlarich attempted to head the ball before it reached the net, but officials determined it had already crossed the plane, allowing PC to knot the contest at 1-1.
Sydney Fontenot, who relieved Broadway after the first period, made seven saves in the second stanza. Liberty nearly picked up the game-winning goal just before the final minute of regulation, as Aanderud banked a shot off the cross bar. Rebecca Smith followed up with an attempt of her own, but Fontenot corralled it to set up overtime.
After 14-plus minutes of scoreless action, Liberty earned the golden goal in the second extra period. Following dual penalties in the box assessed to the Blue Hose, Aanderud lined up for the penalty kick, sneaking the shot in the left corner past Fontenot for the 2-1 victory.
The Lady Flames outshot PC in the contest, 23-11, while the Blue Hose held a 7-6 advantage in corner kicks. Van Noord played the full 104:34 in between the posts for Liberty, collecting seven saves. Broadway finished with four saves in the first 45 minutes for PC, while Fontenot played the final 59:34.
Liberty returns to action, Wednesday, squaring off at league-leader Radford. The Lady Flames are looking for their first win against the two-time defending champions since 2009. Game time is set for 4 p.m.