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UNCG Squeaks Past Liberty with Late Goal
Two evenly matched teams went back-and-forth for 88 minutes at Osborne Stadium, as the Liberty women's soccer team hosted UNCG, Tuesday night. Then in the 89th minute, Spartans forward Chesney White flipped the script, capitalizing on a one-on-one situation to give UNCG the 1-0 win.
With the defeat Liberty falls to 1-1 on the season, while UNCG improves to 1-2. The Lady Flames and Spartans finished with 13 shots apiece. UNCG held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Liberty redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Holly Van Noord played in between the pipes for the entire contest, making three saves. Spartans netminder Chloe Buehler earned the shutout, picking up three saves.
In the opening period, Liberty's best look came off a shot by Brittany Aanderud at the top of the 20th minute. Aanderud beamed a shot from 30 yards out. However, Buehler, who was positioned in the middle of the goal frame, was there to poke the attempt over top of the net, keeping the contest scoreless.
Early in the second period, Liberty turned up the intensity with a trio of shots in the opening five minutes. Later in the 58th minute, Van Noord thwarted an attempt by UNCG's Alexis Thomas to maintain the stalemate.
White set up the game winning play with just under two minutes left, as she stripped the ball from a Liberty defender at midfield. The forward broke away from the pack and slipped a shot past Van Noord into the left side of the net for the victory.
Liberty hits the road on Saturday for a matchup at Appalachian State. The meeting marks the first since 2010, with Liberty taking the most recent matchup, 4-1. Game time for the 10th installment in the series is slated for 1 p.m.