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Last-Minute Goal Sinks Lady Flames

October 5, 2008
|  Florence, S.C.
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Maria Owen scored her first goal Sunday.

Maria Owen scored her first goal Sunday.

The Francis Marion Patriots edged the Liberty Lady Flames with a last-minute goal for a 2-1 win, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference women's soccer match in Florence, S.C.

Liberty drops to 0-9-1 on the season, while Francis Marion moves to 1-10-1 on the year.

The contest opened with most of the play between the two squads taking place in the neutral zone. Liberty's Mallory Neff (Sr., MF, Sunbury, Pa.) was able to get off the first shot of the game in the sixth minute, only to have the attempt blocked down in front of the Francis Marion net by a defender.

In the 11th minute, Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker (Fr., Bowie, Md.) made her first save of the match, stopping Patriot midfielder Kiersten Nederveldt's shot from the top of the 18-yard box.

The Lady Flames tallied the first goal of the contest in the game's 23rd minute. Liberty converted a corner kick for a 1-0 advantage. On the kick, Maggie Woody (Jr., MF, Asheville, N.C.) connected with forward Maria Owen (So., F, Mount Jackson, Va.), who tipped the ball into the net for her first goal of the year and a Lady Flames lead at 22:09.

Less than two minutes later, host Francis Marion knotted the contest. Forward Kiley Williams jumped on a ball being cleared from the Liberty penalty area and scored from 22 yards out for her first goal of the season and a 1-1 tie at 24:06.

Liberty's Elia Lake (So., MF, Dumfries, Va.) fired a shot wide in the 40th minute, as the teams went to intermission tied at 1-1.

Patriot Amanda Hall launched the first shot of the second half in the opening minute of the period. However, Blocker was up to the task, turning away the shot from within the penalty box.

Amy Oberlin (Sr., F, Ada, Mich.) countered for the Lady Flames with a shot from in close in the 53rd minute. Francis Marion goalkeeper Casey Durham was able to handle the shot for a save, keeping the score tied.

Later, in the 64th minute, Liberty's Jordan Woody (Fr., F, Asheville, N.C.) forced a save by Durham on a shot inside the 18-yard box. Neff followed with a shot attempt in the 76th minute for Liberty, which sailed wide.

After that attempt, neither Liberty nor Francis Marion attempted a shot until the final minute of play, as both defenses tightened.

With less than 20 seconds left in regulation, a shot by Patriot Angela Salem was blocked by Blocker. However, the rebound rolled to Amanda Hall, who scored her second goal of the season from in front of the net at 89:45, propelling Francis Marion to a 2-1 victory.

The Patriots outshot the Lady Flames, 14-10, in the contest. Each team had three corner kicks.

Liberty's Blocker made six saves in the match, while Durham recorded four for the Patriots.

The Lady Flames return home Wednesday for a Big South Conference match with High Point. The contest is scheduled for 4 p.m., at the Liberty Soccer Field.