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Bumbut-Boateng Combo Clicks in 2-1 Liberty Victory over UNC Wilmington
Liberty, which entered the week ranked 10th in the NSCAA South-Atlantic Region, improves to 4-1 on the year, while UNC-Wilmington slips to 1-3-1. The Flames are off to their best start since 1999, when Liberty began the year 7-1.
With the contest knotted at 1-1 late in the second half, Boateng (Jr., MF, Accra, Ghana) netted the game-winner off a short pass from Bumbut (Sr., F, Zalau, Romania). On a three-on-two break, Bumbut found Boateng on the left wing. The midfielder settled the ball at the top of the penalty area and blasted a shot inside the far post, past a diving Seahawk keeper in the 80th minute.
UNC Wilmington had opportunities to draw even in the final minutes, but shots by forward David Acosta and midfielder Will Friesinger sailed over the cross bar.
Liberty got on the scoreboard first in the contest with duo of Bumbut and Boateng combining for the first time on the afternoon. Bumbut found Boateng open on the left side of the goal box with a cross in the 12th minute. The midfielder, one-on-one with Seahawk netminder Brock Duckworth, flipped the ball over the keeper's head and into the upper left-hand corner of the net, staking the Flames to a 1-0 advantage after one period of play.
The goals, Boateng's second and third on the season, gave the midfielder his first multiple-goal contest in a Liberty uniform.
UNC Wilmington tied the match at 1-1 in the 69th minute. Midfielder Kirk Hudgins fed Daniel Roberts with pass into the penalty area, which the midfielder put past the Liberty keeper with a high shot inside the near post.
The Flames had another strong defensive outing, allowing only one shot in the first half of play. Overall, Liberty held a 10-5 advantage in shots in the contest. Corner kicks were even at four apiece.
Flames goalkeeper Paul Gilbert (Fr., Rockvale, Tenn.), who recorded his fourth victory in five starts in his first season in the Liberty net, did not have to make a save in the game. Seahawk keeper Duckworth totaled four saves in the contest.
After the match, Boateng and Bumbut were joined by Liberty midfielder Daniel McGarry (Jr., MF, Philadelphia, Pa.) on the all-tournament team, honoring their play over the weekend.
Liberty returns home for a three-match homestand, beginning Wednesday, when the Flames host Longwood Lancers at Liberty Soccer Field. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.