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Boateng's Goal Propels Flames Past Camels
Liberty's Joshua Boateng netted the lone goal of the contest, pushing the Flames past the Campbell Camels, 1-0, Tuesday night at Liberty Soccer Field.
With the victory, Liberty moves to 2-0 on the year, while Campbell falls to 1-1. It is the second straight year the Flames have beaten the Camels, 1-0. Liberty defeated Campbell by the same score in Buies Creek, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2007.
Shot attempts were limited for both teams through the opening 25 minutes. Both the Camels and Flames fired two shots each during the span.
Liberty began pressuring the Campbell net in the 29th minute. Forward Darren Amoo (R-Fr., Accra, Ghana) dropped a pass on the foot of Karol Chorak (Fr., MF, St. Louis, Mo.). The midfielder's shot from the left side of the penalty area forced a diving save by Camel keeper Aaron Johnson to keep the game scoreless.
After a blocked shot attempt by Campbell in the 35th minute, the Flames broke through to take a 1-0 advantage on a goal in transition. Chorak found Boateng (Accra, Ghana) with a pass into the penalty area, which the senior midfielder shot in stride and put into the lower right corner to give Liberty the only tally it would need on the night. The goal was the first of the season for Boateng.
The Flames finished the half outshooting the Camels, 9-3, as head coach Jeff Alder's squad attempted seven shots over the last 15 minutes of play to close out the first half.
The second half opened with each team once again exchanging shots through the first 20 minutes of the period. Campbell attempted four shots during the span, with one shot forcing a save by Liberty netminder Paul Gilbert (So., Rockvale, Tenn.). Meanwhile, the Flames fired three shot attempts.
With five minutes left, Campbell added an extra forward, but couldn't find an equalizer, as the Liberty defense and Gilbert held tight in sealing a 1-0 Flames triumph. In the 85th minute, Khalil Johnson found some space for a shot, which the Flames' keeper corralled, while in the waning minutes, a shot by Morgan Kane sailed high.
In the contest, Liberty held the edge in shots, 13-11, while Campbell held the advantage in corner kicks, 4-3. The Flames' Boateng and the Camels' Vince Petrasso led all players with four shots each.
Gilbert made four saves for the Flames, while Johnson had four stops for the Camels.
After opening the season with two home matches, Liberty takes to the road for its next two contests, beginning with a non-conference game at Marshall on Saturday. Match time is scheduled for 1 p.m.