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No. 4 Virginia Defeats Liberty, 5-0
With the setback, Liberty falls to 0-5 on the season, while Virginia moves to 4-1-1.
The Cavaliers took an early 1-0 advantage in the 19th minute of play. On a clearing attempt by Liberty, midfielder Sinead Farelly intercepted the outlet just inside the penalty area. She then scored her third goal of the season from 15 yards out to stake Virginia to a lead.
After the goal, the contest settled into a defensive battle, with neither squad able to convert any of their shot opportunities for the reminder of the opening half.
Liberty goalkeeper Ashley Nyholt (Fr., Brampton, Ont.) thwarted a Shannon Foley header several minutes later, and the Lady Flames' defense forced several Cavaliers to shoot wide or high.
Meanwhile, Liberty could not convert either of its two shots in the half. Attempts by Rachel Hetrick (Sr., F, Grantville, Pa.) and Maggie Woody (So., MF, Asheville, N.C.) both forced Cavalier keeper Chantel Jones to make a save in the opening period to keep the score at 1-0, Virginia.
The Cavaliers added to their advantage less than 12 minutes into the second half. Midfielder Kelly Quinn's cross found the foot of Caitlin Miskel for her first goal of the season, giving
Virginia a 2-0 edge in the 56th minute.
Seven minutes later, the Cavaliers broke open the contest on Farrelly's second goal of the match. On a cross by Foley towards the goal's back post, the midfielder headed the ball in for a 3-0 Cavaliers lead.
Virginia went on to add two more tallies on a header by Kelly Quinn in the 68th minute and a Meghan Lenczyk shot late in the period, for the final margin.
For the match, the Cavaliers outshot the Lady Flames, 24-4 and held a 12-2 edge in corner kicks.
Nyholt made seven saves on the night in 76 minutes in the Liberty net, while Lauren Khamphuis (R-So., Bloomington, Ill.) recorded one stop in 14 minutes. Jones made two saves in 68 minutes in the goal for Virginia, while Celeste Miles had one stop in her 23 minutes in net.
Liberty continues a three-game road swing with the start of Big South Conference play a week from today at Charleston Southern. Game time is set for 4 p.m.