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Flames Drop 2-1 Decision At Appalachian State
The Appalachian State Mountaineers jumped to an early 2-0 advantage and held on to down the Liberty Flames, 2-1, Monday afternoon, at ASU Soccer Stadium.
"We started off a little slow and got caught ball watching on two restarts that cost us two goals," stated Flames' head coach Jeff Alder after the match. "I thought the second half, we showed a lot of character by getting back in the game."
Playing for the first time ever in their new facility, the Mountaineers got on the scoreboard first in the match off a corner kick in the game's sixth minute. Paul Pessina headed Naem Frederick's corner kick into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Appalachian State stretched its advantage to 2-0 later in the period as Frederick headed in a deflected free kick by Aaron Ammar.
Liberty rallied in the second period to cut the lead to 2-1. After receiving a pass from Jonathan Burklo (Sr., D, Tampa, Fla.), Toby Lewis (So., F, Morrison, Colo.) dribbled through the right side of the Mountaineers' defense and placed the ball in the upper right corner for his first goal of the season.
Despite several other chances, the Flames could not get the equalizer against Appalachian State freshman goalkeeper Alec Dufty as he stopped two shots in his first collegiate start to record his second win of the season. His counterpart, Liberty freshman goalie Michael Masmar (Oakdale, Minn.) made four saves in his first collegiate start.
For the match, the Mountaineers outshot Liberty, 19-11, and held the edge in corner kicks at 5-2.
"We had numerous chances to equalize, but could not capitalize on opportunities," Alder continued. "We've played four very good teams [to open the season] and have had four opportunities to get results, I feel we're very close to being an outstanding team".
Liberty falls to 0-3-1 on the young season, while Appalachian State moves to 3-1-0.
After a three-game road swing, the Flames return home on Friday to host the Wofford Terriers at Liberty Soccer Field. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.