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Lady Flames Take to Field for Scrimmage
In the first of two tune-ups for the Lady Flames' 2008 women's soccer season, the squad took to the field in an intra-squad match this past Saturday evening on the Liberty Soccer Practice Field.
The Lady Flames were split into two evenly matched squads for the contest, which was well- attended by students and the Lynchburg community.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Jessica Celi and her assistant Abby Crumpton, the game's first half was tightly played between the Red and Blue squads. With strong defensive play limiting scoring chances in the first period, the match went to the first intermission scoreless .
During the second period of play, the Blue side broke through for the first goal of the evening. Freshman Jordan Woody found a bouncing ball at her feet and found net for a 1-0 Blue advantage.
After the Woody goal, the match once again settled into a defensive struggle, with neither team being able to add a score.
With 31 players on the roster, the two sides were able to play an extra third period. In the final stanza, senior Amy Oberlin found space for a shot attempt and netted the Blue team's second goal of the night.
The Red squad jumped on the scoreboard in the latter moments of the third period. Sophomore Caitlyn Riley took a nice pass in front of the net and put the ball past the keeper to cut the advantage to 2-1.
Without lights on the Liberty practice field, the match was called due to darkness, with the Blue squad on top, 2-1.
"We are pleased with the girls and their desire to succeed," remarked Celi after the intrasquad. "At the beginning of pre-season, we challenged the players to strengthen each other with every word they say and in all actions. I believe our game Saturday night reflected the bonds we are forming; united in Christ.
"The bar is set high, and I see the girls are stepping out of their comfort zones. This is the first chapter of a great season."
The Lady Flames will travel across town to Lynchburg College for a preseason exhibition match on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Liberty opens its season against Longwood on Friday night in Farmville, Va. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.