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Liberty Battles Longwood to 1-1 Tie
Liberty remained unbeaten in its last four games, as the Flames tied the Longwood Lancers, 1-1 in double overtime, Friday night in a non-conference men's soccer match at Lancer Field.
Liberty, 3-0-1 over its last four matches, moves to 8-5-1 on the year. Longwood advances its mark to 6-5-3.
In an evenly played first half, neither team was able to get on the scoreboard.
The teams traded shots in the opening minutes. Liberty's Joshua Boateng (Sr., F, Accra, Ghana)
fired the first shot of the contest wide in the 12th minute, while Lancer Martin Vickerton's shot in the 17th minute also sailed wide.
The Flames' defense blocked back-to-back shots by Longwood's Trey Thorton and Vickerton in the 42nd minute.
Liberty finished the half with a flurry of shots over the final two minutes. However, one by
Boateng was blocked and shots by Daniel McGarry (Sr., MF, Philadelphia, Pa.) and Karol Chorak (Fr., MF, Saint Louis, Mo.) were high.
The second half began with Longwood taking a 1-0 lead, 1:38 after halftime. After a Liberty foul in the penalty area, Vickerton converted the ensuing penalty kick to give the home team an advantage.
The Flames evened the match in the 76th minute. Midfielder Alex Verville (Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.) sent a crossing pass into the 18-yard box for Boateng. The senior tipped the ball past goalkeeper Joel Helmick to knot the game at 1-1. The marker was Boateng's 12th of the year, tying him for eighth on the Flames' single-season goal list.
Over the remaining 14 minutes of regulation, Lancer Chris Saul was the only player with a shot attempt, shooting wide in the 87th minute.
Liberty pressured the Longwood net in the first overtime, attempting the only shots of the period. Of the three attempts, a shot by Boateng in the 93rd minute off a corner kick, forced a save by Helmick.
In the second overtime, Boateng fired the lone shots of the period. The senior's first shot in the 101st minute was wide, while his attempt in the 109th minute had to be stopped by Helmick to preserve the tie.
Liberty outshot Longwood, 13-8, and also held the edge in corner kicks, 6-1.
Andrew Madero (So., GK, Tampa, Fla.) made two saves in the Liberty net, while Helmick recorded two stops for Longwood.
Liberty returns to Big South play on Nov. 4, when the Flames visit the VMI Keydets in a conference match-up. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Patchin Field.