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Big Second Half Leads Flames Past Radford, 3-0
The Liberty Flames struck for three unanswered goals in the second half on their way to a 3-0 victory over Radford, in Big South Conference action, Wednesday afternoon at Liberty Soccer Field.
Despite Radford out shooting the Flames, 13-4, in the first half, the teams went to the break scoreless due to several key saves by Liberty keeper Kevin Mahan (Sr., Waterford, Mich.). The senior keeper stopped an open shot by Andres Hernandez from close range in the game's 22nd minute and later, stopped a Nicholas Leigh shot from inside the box in the game's 36th minute.
After intermission, Liberty broke the scoreless tie just 47 seconds into the second half. Off a corner kick taken by Adrian Bumbut (Jr., F, Zalau, Romania), Osei Telesford (Sr., MF, San Juan, Trinidad) found the left corner of the goal for his fifth tally of the season and a 1-0 Flames' advantage.
The Flames extended their lead at the 59:48 mark as Kyle Cupid (So., MF, Edinburgh, Trinidad) collected a pass off the head of teammate Toby Lewis (So., F, Morrison, Colo.) and scored his third goal of the season.
Telesford then closed out the scoring on the afternoon as he once again combined with Bumbut off a corner kick to net a goal at 75:02. This time, the midfielder headed in his teammate's kick for his second goal of the afternoon and sixth of the season.
On the afternoon, the Highlanders out shot the Flames, 19-10, while holding the edge in corners, 8-4.
Mahan, who collected his second shutout of the season, had six saves on the afternoon, while Radford keeper Omar Zinoveev made four.
"It was a really big win," stated Liberty head coach Jeff Alder. "Radford had most of the play in the first half and in the second half; we reorganized and had a very good second half."
"That (Radford) is one of the top teams we have seen all year. Not just in the (Big South) conference, but all year," continued Alder. "For us to get a win like that, I thought showed a lot of guts and character."
"We need to build on this as we go to UVA (Virginia), who is number two in the country and try to shock the world."
With the win, the Flames move to 2-1-1 in the Big South Conference and 4-5-2 overall, while Radford, in dropping their first conference match, falls to 5-1-0 in conference and 8-4-0 overall.
Liberty now steps out of conference as they travel to Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday night to take on the #2-ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Match time at Klockner Stadium is set for 7 p.m.