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Lady Flames Challenge a Pair of NorPac Opponents This Weekend
The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team wraps up the first half of its conference schedule this weekend with a pair of contests. Liberty travels to face Radford on Saturday at 1 p.m., before returning to Liberty Field Hockey Field for a 2 p.m. matchup with Appalachian State on Sunday.
How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats will be available for both matchups on LibertyFlames.com by clicking on the live stats links on the field hockey schedule/results page. Live stats on Saturday will be provided courtesy of the Radford Athletics Communications office. On Sunday, a free live video stream will also be available, with Jacob Johnston and Robert Morris handling the call. Fans can also follow the games through periodic twitter updates from @libertyflames and @libertyFH.
Series History versus Radford and Appalachian State
Liberty is 2-1 all-time against both Radford and Appalachian State. Last season, the Lady Flames swept the season series versus both NorPac East foes. On Sept. 16, 2012, Liberty downed Radford on the road, 2-1, in double overtime for its first conference win in program history. The Lady Flames then blanked the Highlanders 4-0 in Lynchburg on Oct. 12. Liberty knocked off Appalachian State 8-1 at home on Oct. 19, before defeating the Mountaineers 3-1 on Oct. 26 in Boone, N.C.
Liberty at a Glance
The Lady Flames are coming off a 4-2 victory on the road Wednesday against Longwood. The win improved Liberty to 2-0 in NorPac play and gave the Lady Flames sole possession of first place in the conference. Overall, the Lady Flames are 7-4 this season.
Against the Lancers, Ashlee Krulock scored her conference-leading 10th goal. The sophomore leads the Lady Flames in points with 21, while fellow sophomore Natalie Barr is right on her heels with 20 points (7 goals, 6 assists). For the season, Liberty has had 17 different players notch a point, while 13 different individuals have registered goals.
Defensively, the Lady Flames entered the week ranked 13th in the country in goals-against average. Liberty has surrendered just 15 goals this year and 44 penalty corners. The Lady Flames' defense has been especially stingy in the first half, allowing just two goals in 11 games during the opening 35 minutes.
In the cage, Ann Jefferis is giving up 1.34 goals per game and holds a .754 save percentage. Prior to Wednesday's game, Jefferis ranked second in the NorPac in shutouts, goals-against average and third in save percentage.
Radford at a Glance
After falling to James Madison 6-0 on Wednesday, the Highlanders are 4-9 (2-1 NorPac) overall. Radford's four victories double its win total from a year ago. The Highlanders have played well at home this season, posting a 3-1 record at RU Field Hockey Field.
Marianna Parker is the team leader in points (11) and goals (5), while Ashton Cox paces the squad with three assists. The Highlanders are averaging 1.08 goals per game and 7.3 shots per contest.
As a team, Radford leads the nation in defensive saves with 20. Alayna Versage, Jordan Vrhovac and Jennifer Hedrick rank second, third and fifth, respectively, in defensive saves in the country. Goalkeeper Sidney Encarnacion has a .695 save percentage and is allowing an average of 3.89 goals per game.
Appalachian State at a Glance
The Mountaineers are 2-9 (1-2 NorPac) this season and will face Davidson tonight before challenging the Lady Flames on Sunday. Appalachian State has struggled on the road this year, losing each of its six games away from Boone, N.C.
Caroline Phillips and Lindsay Amador are tied for the team lead in goals with three each. A trio of Mountaineers have two assists each to pace the squad. Overall, 10 different players have notched points for Appalachian State.
In goal, Sarah Anderson has started nine of the team's 11 contests this season. Anderson leads the conference in saves and has a save percentage of .685. The goalkeeper is surrendering an average of 7.29 goals per game.
Liberty will host conference-rival Longwood on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Liberty Field Hockey Field. On Oct. 20, the Lady Flames will play their final non-conference game of the season, facing Georgetown at 4 p.m. The match against the Hoyas will be contested in College Park, Md., at Maryland's Field Hockey Complex.