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Liberty Battles Gardner-Webb To a 2-2 Draw
For the second time in 2005, the Liberty Flames went to overtime before tying the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs, 2-2 in double overtime, Saturday night, in a nonconfernce match at Varsity Field.
After a scoreless first period for both teams, the Bulldogs would start the scoring off early in the second period at the 51:52 mark when Carlos Ramirez headed in a cross pass from freshman Zach Burkett to give Gardner-Webb, a 1-0 lead.
However, the Flames answered back with a goal of their own to knot the score at 1-1. At the 53:11 mark, Bill Pinette (Fr., F, Fredericksburg, Va.) put a follow up shot into the net off a deflection by the Bulldog goalkeeper for his second goal of the season.
At the 84:49 mark, Liberty put the pressure on the Bulldogs by scoring its second goal of the night, this time Adrian Bumbut (Jr., F, Zalau, Romania) scored his second goal of the season off a pass from Toby Lewis (So., F, Morrison, Colo.) to take a 2-1 lead.
Gardner-Webb evened the score at 2-2 at 86:38 on a goal by senior Brian Young, who scored the equalizer off a pass from teammate Chris Salvagione.
For the rest of the second period, and through both overtime periods, the score would remain 2-2 as neither team could manage a good shot to get the game-winner.
Bulldog goalkeeper Tyler Kettering finished with nine saves on the night, including two saves in the overtime periods, while the Flames' Kevin Mahan (Sr., Waterford, Mich.) made two saves on the night.
For the game, Liberty edged Gardner-Webb in shots, 14-12, while holding the edge in corner kicks, 4-3.
With the tie, the Flames move to 0-2-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs move to 2-0-2.
"I am very disappointed in the result for us," stated Liberty head coach Jeff Alder after the game. "With a 2-1 lead, we should have closed out the game."
"I give credit to Gardner-Webb to come back with an equalizer," continued Alder. "Our kids competed extremely hard throughout."
The Flames continue their North Carolina road trip on Monday as they visit Boone, N.C. to square off with the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.