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Lady Flames Top Lynchburg, 1-0, in Tune-up for Upcoming Season
The Liberty Lady Flames soccer team defeated crosstown Division III power Lynchburg College, 1-0, Thursday evening in preparation for the upcoming 2007 season.
The visiting Lady Flames and host Hornets battled through a scoreless first 30 minutes, mainly in the midfield, with quality scoring chances in short supply. Newcomer Ashley Nyholt (Fr., GK, Brampton, Ontario) kept the contest scoreless, by saving a scorching, Lynchburg 25-yard free kick during the span.
Liberty, which used all 22 players available on its roster in the contest, went ahead late in the first half. A cross from forward Ashley Braam (Sr., Grand Rapids, Mich.) found a crashing Ally Erving (MF), who tucked the ball away for the lone score of the evening. The tally was the first-ever goal for the redshirt sophomore from Anchorage, Alaska.
For the remainder of the contest, the Lady Flames continued to create chances. Amy Oberlin (Jr., MF, Ada, Mich.) came close to adding to Liberty's advantage on several occasions, and Brittany Tyson (Jr., D, Souderton, Pa.) had a 30-yard effort denied on a superb stop by the Hornet keeper.
Freshman Caitlyn Riley (F, Alexandria, Va.) may have had the best opportunity to extend the Liberty lead, when she out-jumped the Lynchburg netminder on a header, but popped the ball over the crossbar.
Despite these chances, the game finished, 1-0, and provided a good warm-up for both teams as they embark on their respective 2007 campaigns.
"Lynchburg College is always very well coached and difficult to play against," commented Liberty Head Coach James Price after the scrimmage. "I felt we lacked a little sharpness at first, but when we showed some urgency in our play and had a quicker pace, we were able to create chances, and place pressure on them.
"I am really pleased Ashley [Braam] and Ally [Erving] were able to link up for the goal, as they both have had tough injuries to overcome recently," Price continued. "We just need to improve in a few areas and I feel we will be in good shape."