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Lady Flames Fall, 2-0
The visiting Charleston Southern Buccaneers scored two early second-half goals and then held off a Liberty Lady Flames rally for a 2-0 victory, Saturday, in a Big South women's soccer contest at Liberty Soccer Field.
Liberty drops to 0-2 in Big South play and 0-7-1 overall. Charleston Southern evens it record at 1-1 in conference and 4-4-1 overall.
The Buccaneers outshot the Lady Flames, 5-1, during the first 20 minutes of play. A save by Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker (Fr., Bowie, Md.) on a shot by Charleston Southern midfielder Lindsey Trexler in the 19th minute ended the span, with no scoring.
Liberty countered with its own flurry of shots over a 10-minute stretch of the opening half. Emily House (Sr., M, Lynchburg, Va.) began the barrage of five unanswered shots in the 30th minute, with a blast from the left wing. The attempt forced a diving save by Buccaneer goalkeeper Alyssa Budros, keeping Liberty off the scoreboard. The span came to an end in the 40th minute, when an attempt by Jordan Woody (Fr., F, Asheville, N.C.) went wide off a corner kick by her sister Maggie Woody (Jr., M, Asheville, N.C.).
After a scoreless first half, Liberty came close to breaking the 0-0 deadlock in the opening minute of the second period. Off a ball lofted into the center of the box, a header by Amy Oberlin (Sr., F, Ada, Mich.) hit off the crossbar and was swatted out by harm's way by Budros. On the ensuing corner kick, Jordan Woody's shot attempt in front of the Buccaneer net was blocked, but the rebound came out to Lady Flame midfielder Rachel Michener (So., Pottstown, Pa.) who sent a hard liner in on goal. Budros was able to corral the shot, preventing Liberty from taking an advantage.
On its first shot of the second half, Charleston Southern staked itself to a 1-0 edge. Caitlin Wesnesky received a pass from Marky Boyce just above the 18-yard box and scored her second goal of the season, giving the Buccaneers a 1-0 lead at the 48:36 mark.
Liberty countered with a shot from close range by Maria Owen (So., F, Mount Jackson, Va.), which was stopped by Budros in the 51st minute. Maggie Woody followed a minute later with a shot attempt from 20 yards out, which was blocked down in front of the CSU net by a defender.
The Buccaneers made it, 2-0, at 57:02. A shot from the left side of the penalty area by forward Briana Murphy skirted outside the right goal post. Trexler picked up the loose ball on the right side and tipped the ball into the net for her first goal of the season.
Liberty pressured the Charleston Southern goal in the 79th minute. Oberlin fired a shot from in close, which was batted down by Budros. The Liberty midfielder picked up the rebound and attempted another shot that was stopped again by Budros.
The Lady Flames continued its push on the Buccaneer goal in the 85th minute. Oberlin would have a shot blocked by a defender. The rebound rolled back to Oberlin, who rocketed a shot which Budros stopped with a diving save.
Liberty prevented the Charleston Southern defense from clearing the ball and a minute later, Jordan Woody had two shots in close, but was not able to cut into the Buccaneer edge.
Liberty outshot Charleston Southern, 20-14, in the game, while holding a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Oberlin led all players with seven shots in the game, while Trexler and Wesnesky had four attempts apiece to pace the Buccaneers.
Blocker recorded three saves in the Liberty net. Budros had eight saves for the Charleston Southern.
Liberty travels to Conway, S.C., on Friday for a conference contest at Coastal Carolina. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.