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College of Charleston Deals Liberty Soccer First Loss, 2-0
The Flames had yielded just one total goal on their way to three-consecutive wins to kick off the campaign, prior to Friday's battle of regionally ranked foes. Liberty, rated 10th in the South-Atlantic region, is now 3-1. Meanwhile, College of Charleston, listed sixth in the South region remains unscathed at 5-0.
Like the Flames, the Cougars had allowed only a single shot to reach the back of the net before taking the field on Friday. So, the defensive stalemate which ensued in the first half was hardly unexpected.
The two sides combined to attempt five shots in the first 45 minutes of play, with Liberty owning a 3-2 edge. The Flames also recorded the lone shot on goal during the stanza, forcing Cougar keeper Corbin Waller to make one of his three saves.
The College of Charleston finally broke the ice in the 65th minute, on forward Kareem Yearwood's fifth goal of the season. Front-line mate Zach Prince looped a short cross into the box from the left side of the field. Yearwood took the feed and deposited it just inside the far post, beating Liberty netminder Paul Gilbert (Fr., Rockvale, Tenn.) for the afternoon's first goal.
In the 69th minute, the Cougars doubled their lead on a corner kick. Wes Knight was able to head Miles Alden-Dunn's effort into the net, making it 2-0.
Waller and the College of Charleston defense held the Liberty attackers in check the rest of the way, posting their fourth shutout of the season.
For the contest, the Cougars claimed a slim, 7-6 edge in shot attempts, although Liberty took six of the match's eight corner kicks.
Midfielder Joshua Boateng (Jr., Accra, Ghana) provided most of the Flames' best scoring chances, taking three shots, two of which were on target.
Gilbert, who suffered the first setback of his collegiate career, made a single save in net for Liberty.
The Flames will return to action at the UNCW/Jameson Inn Classic Sunday afternoon, when Liberty meets host UNC Wilmington at 3:30 p.m.