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Liberty Shuts Out Georgetown, 7-0, for 6th Straight Win
Six different players found the back of the cage as the Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team posted a 7-0 blanking of the Georgetown Hoyas on Sunday afternoon at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. Serena Barr led the way with two goals and an assist for the Lady Flames, while goalkeeper Ann Jefferis earned her third shutout of the season.
The win improves Liberty's record to 11-4 overall (5-0 NorPac). The Lady Flames extend their winning streak to six games, which is the second longest streak in program history. During its six-game winning streak, Liberty has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 34-7. It was the Lady Flames' fourth shutout of the season. The loss drops Georgetown to 2-13 overall on the season.
The Lady Flames broke an early defensive struggle with the game's first goal at the 7:17 mark of the opening half. Off Liberty's fourth penalty corner of the contest, the ball was passed several times around the circle before ending up on the stick of Serena Barr. The freshman ripped a shot toward the right post. Micailah Sloman came crashing toward the cage and redirected the ball into the goal, putting Liberty on top 1-0.
Two more shots and one penalty corner ensued before Liberty extended its lead to 2-0 with a marker right before the halftime break. The Lady Flames were successful on another penalty corner attempt, as Serena Barr swept home a direct shot from the left side of the circle off the insert from Hannah Jones.
The Lady Flames outshot the Hoyas, 8-1, in the first half and forced six short corners to the home team's zero.
Serena Barr tallied her second marker of the game in the 47th minute. Off of the Lady Flames' third short corner of the second half, the freshman knocked a shot in from her customary spot on the left side of the circle, extending Liberty's lead to 3-0.
Barr's goal opened the flood gates for the Lady Flames' offense, as the visitors quickly scored three more goals in the following eight minutes of play.
With 18:51 remaining in the game, Bethany Barr ripped a pass from just outside the circle toward the goal. Mercedes Cox was in perfect position for the pass, tipping it past goalkeeper Rosalie Nolen and into the back of the cage, giving Liberty the 4-0 advantage.
Just over three minutes later, the Lady Flames notched their fifth tally of the game. Natalie Barr had her shot turned away by Nolen, whose clear attempt bounded toward Jordan Richardson. The senior batted the ball out of the air and into the goal for her fourth score of the season.
After the turning the Hoyas over on the ensuing possession, the Lady Flames made a run into the circle and were awarded a short corner opportunity. Jones inserted the ball into the top of the circle to the stopper Bethany Barr. Barr pushed the pass toward Abbey Basom who ripped a one-timer into the cage. Basom's third goal of the year upped the visitor's lead to 6-0 with 14:26 remaining in the game.
Erin Dombach gave the Lady Flames the final 7-0 advantage with her third goal of the season with 3:59 showing on the game clock. Dombach launched a reverse shot from the left side of the circle while falling to the ground. The ball sailed over new goalkeeper Rachel Skonecki and into the top right corner of the goal.
Liberty controlled the contest, recording 24 shots and forcing 13 penalty corners. The Lady Flames' defense, led by Megan Johnson and Hannah Jones, dominated the Hoyas, surrendering a mere two shots and two penalty corners.
In goal, Jefferis needed to make just one save for the Lady Flames. Nolen tallied four saves in 61:50 of action, while Skonecki recorded one save in the remaining 8:10 of play.
Liberty will make its final road trip of the season next weekend against a pair of NorPac opponents. The Lady Flames square off against Davidson on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Appalachian State at noon on Sunday.