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Liberty Downs ETSU for Senior Night Victory
Senior Amy Oberlin ended her Liberty career by scoring two goals and fellow senior Ashley Braam also netted a goal, Friday evening as the Lady Flames defeated the East Tennessee State Buccaneers, 3-1, on Senior Night at the Liberty Soccer Field.
Liberty completes its season at 3-12-2, while East Tennessee State finishes its regular season at 7-9-1. It was the third straight home victory for the Lady Flames.
After Lady Flames goalkeeper Lauren Kamphuis (R-Jr., Bloomington, Ill.) stopped the first shot of contest in the fourth minute off the foot of Jessica Huntington, Liberty came close to taking an early advantage with two shots in the 15th minute.
Braam (R-Sr., F, Grand Rapids, Mich.) was able to get inside the box for a shot at 14:57, which an East Tennessee defender had to kick off the goal line to prevent a score. The clearing attempt went back to Braam, who fired a shot which forced Buccaneer goalkeeper Erin Bilyeu to make an outstanding diving stop to prevent the goal.
The back-and-forth play between the two teams continued, as Kamphuis made an over the head grab on a shot by East Tennessee State forward Jordan Monty during the 16th minute and an attempt by Buccaneer Terri Miller in the 17th minute sailed wide.
Liberty took a 1-0 advantage in the 30th minute of play. Midfielder Rachel Michener (So., Pottstown, Pa.) pushed a crossing pass into the right side of the 18-yard box for Braam. The senior took the ball in stride and tipped it into the net for her second goal of the season and Lady Flames advantage at 29:53.
Less than eight minutes later, Liberty added to its edge at 39:15. Liberty's Oberlin (Sr., F, Ada, Mich.) jumped on a loose ball near midfield and made a long run, splitting a pair of defenders. One-on-one with the Buccaneer keeper, the forward blasted a shot into the lower portion into the net for her seventh goal of the year to make it, 2-0, Lady Flames. The goal also gave Oberlin 52 points for her Liberty career, moving her into second place on the program's all-time points list.
East Tennessee State got on the scoreboard with its lone goal of the game in the waning seconds of the first half. Miller stopped a clearing pass 25 yards out and fired a quick shot, which found the right corner of the net with one second remaining. The second marker of the year for Miller cut the Liberty lead to 2-1, heading to halftime.
Liberty extended its advantage to the final score of 3-1 at 66:32 of the second half. Off a direct kick by Michener, Oberlin headed the ball into the upper right corner of the net for her second goal of the night and career season-high eighth tally of the season.
Less than two minutes later, Liberty senior Hope West (MF, Auburndale, Fla.) rocketed a shot from the top of the penalty area, hitting the post and preventing the Lady Flames from adding to their advantage.
Over the final 15 minutes of play, Kamphuis stopped two more Buccaneer shots to help seal the win.
Liberty held a 14-10 shot advantage over East Tennessee State in the contest. The Buccaneers held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.
Kamphuis made five saves on the night for Liberty, while Bilyeu recorded three stops for East Tennessee State.
Before the game, the nine graduating players on the Liberty roster were honored. Besides Braam, Oberlin, West and Kamphuis, Carly Miller (Sr., MF, Buckeye Valley, Ohio), Emily House (Sr., MF, Lynchburg, Va.), Mallory Neff (Sr., MF, Sunbury, Pa.) and Ally Erving (R-Jr., F, Anchorage, Alaska) were recognized.