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Bumbut's Early Goal Propels Flames To 1-0 Win Over Wofford
Adrian Bumbut scored 11 seconds into the contest and the Liberty Flames made it hold up, downing the Wofford Terriers, 1-0, for their first victory of the season, Friday evening at Liberty Soccer Field.
Liberty got on the board for the first and only time in the game right off the opening kickoff as Osei Telesford (Sr., MF, San Juan, Trinidad) intercepted a forward Terrier pass and got it to teammate Kyle Cupid (So., MF, Edinburgh, Trinidad). The sophomore midfielder then found Bumbut (Jr., F, Zalau, Romania) in an open area in the box with a pass, which the forward put the pass the Terrier goalkeeper for a quick 1-0 lead. Bumbut's marker was his third season goal.
The Flames controlled play in the first half as Liberty outshot Wofford, 6-2. However, the teams went to halftime with the Flames holding a 1-0 advantage.
In the second half, both teams had chances to score, but neither team was able to capitalize on its chances.
Liberty's Dave McCall (So., MF, Philadelphia, Pa.) and Bill Pinette (Fr., MF, Fredericksburg, Va.) each had early chances in the half which went just over the crossbar, while a Cupid shot in the game's 78th minute went wide left. Later in the game's 85th minute, Toby Lewis (So., F, Morrison, Colo.) put a shot off the right post, keeping the lead at 1-0.
Wofford also had chances. Flames' goalkeeper Kevin Mahan (Sr., Waterford, Mich.) stopped Jesus Arroyo-Peco's shot in the 63rd minute, and later stopped Joel Kozak's shot off a free kick in the 76th minute.
For the evening, Liberty outshot Wofford, 15-6, and also held the edge in corners, 4-2.
Mahan had three saves on the night for the Flames and also recorded his first victory of the season, while Terriers' Joey Taylor also made three saves.
With the win, Liberty moves to 1-3-1, while Wofford falls to 2-1-1.
"My hat goes off to Wofford. They competed extremely hard," stated Flames' head coach Jeff Alder after the game. "But at the end, we deserved to win the game."
Liberty next begins Big South Conference play on Wednesday night as the Flames travel to High Point, N.C., to take on the High Point Panthers. Game time is set for 7 p.m.