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Liberty Falls to No. 18 Virginia
The setback in the non-conference match evens Liberty's overall record at 5-5. Virginia moves to 7-3.
After play was contained to the neutral zone through the first nine minutes of the opening half, Liberty earned a corner kick in the 10th minute. The Cavaliers were able to clear the ball, keeping the Flames without a shot attempt early.
Virginia got on the scoreboard in the 14th minute. Midfielder Chase Neinken had his shot blocked out in front of the Liberty goal. Forward Jimmy Simpson picked up the rebound and scored his third goal of the year for a 1-0 Cavalier advantage at 13:25.
Liberty midfielder Daniel McGarry (Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.) countered by firing a shot high right off the kickoff after the marker, just a few seconds later.
In the 19th minute, Simpson netted his second goal of the night. Midfielder Matt Mitchell sent a through pass into the penalty area, which the forward finished from 10 yards out for a 2-0 Virginia lead at 18:15.
Cavalier Tony Tchani upped the home team's edge at 21:54. Tchani scored an unassisted goal, his ninth of the year, for a 3-0 lead, the final margin of victory.
The Flames' Chris Mandell (R-Jr., F, Bowling Green, Va.) forced a save by Virginia goalkeeper Michael Giallombardo with a shot attempt in the 26th minute.
Neither team could find many quality attempts in the second half. Liberty's Joshua Boateng (Sr., MF, Accra, Ghana) had his lone shot of the game blocked by a defender in the 64th minute.
Flames goalkeeper Paul Gilbert (So., Rockvale, Va.) stopped a shot by Simpson in the 70th minute and two minutes later, turned back an attempt by Brian Ownby.
For the game, Virginia outshot Liberty, 14-3. The Flames held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
Gilbert made three saves in the Liberty net, while Flames also recorded a team save. Giallombardo had one save in the contest.
Liberty returns home on Tuesday for Senior Night at Liberty Soccer Field. The Flames will host the Southern Virginia Knights at 7 p.m. Before the contest, seniors Boateng, Cameron Chastain, Juan Carlos Chavez, Mike Gelatt, McGarry, Douglas Nyame, Bill Pinette and Justin Willoughby will be honored for their willingness to serve God through soccer during their time at Liberty.